After successful runs in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, the Twin Cities, and Columbus, eX Summit is going East to Philadelphia! War for top talent as never been fiercer. In order to attract AND retain highly engaged employees, companies must focus on their culture and employee experience as a differentiator to remain competitive. Influential business leaders from throughout the Philly area will cover various employee experience topics (see agenda below).
Light breakfast and networking.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but the HR function the way you know it is dying.
The point is that HR is going through a radical shift the same way the marketing function was disrupted 15 ago by data and digital transformation. Marketing today has nothing to do with what marketing was back then.
Data driven insight, a focus on customer pain points, the development of strategies to engage with customers and to create personalized experiences will become the norm in the world of HR in the coming ways.
Whether you like it or not, change is coming. It’s up to you to decide what you’re going to do with it.
Unleashing the power of social employee advocacy allows companies to experience greater success in terms of amplifying their employer brand, increasing their thought leadership, improving their online reputation, and generating valuable results. With a proper employee advocacy and social media strategy embedded with diversity messaging, your company can transform how employees receive, share, and amplify the branded content.
Networking. Break – snacks.
Employee engagement isn’t one-size-fits-all kind of work. Getting employees involved and engaged can be a daunting challenge, and can often feel overwhelming for any organization. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Chasing dreams changes lives & impacts business. If we work to help people at all levels of their careers, those who are feeling stuck and lacking motivation to turn things around to achieve their dreams personally, we can help them grow and ultimately succeed and thrive. No dream is too big or too small, and every dream has a role in contributing to employee engagement. This is the story of the Dream Navigator program and how doing the work to achieve dreams has changed the game for its participants to date. Learn about how to engage talent without time consuming program launches or major financial investment. And then get started on reinventing the experience for people within your organization & for yourself.
Panel discussion: “Diversity in the workplace: what it means and what’s at stake”.
Panelists are Lisa Smith-Strother (Vice President, Global Head of Employer Branding & Recruitment Marketing at RELX Group), Mikal Harden (Co-Founder at Juno Search Partners), Tamara Rasberry (HR Manager at National Community Reinvestment Coalition). Moderator is Chris Powell (CEO at Talmetrix).
Dimensions of Diversity
– What is diversity in today’s age of identity?
– Why diversity drives business performance?
– How to drive diversity into your business?
Closing remarks, by Stephan Vincent.
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Tamara M. Rasberry, SHRM-CP, PHR, is the Principal HR Consultant for Rasberry Consulting, LLC and currently serves as the HR Manager for a national nonprofit organization. Her 15+ years of HR and nonprofit experience have included roles with the American Bankers Association and the American Public Transportation Association as well as serving as an HR consultant to several other local nonprofit organizations. Tamara is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has previously held multiple Chair positions with her local chapter, DC SHRM. She is a passionate advocate for going beyond representational diversity to creating inclusive workplaces and putting people first. Tamara can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @tmrasberry and writes a blog on HR and life at tamaramrasberry.com.
Kristin Dudley is an award-winning Workplace Documentarian & Employment Brand Strategist. Her day-in-the-life documentaries of real jobs provide workplace transparency while attracting the most qualified candidates to apply. Through Co-Create LLC, she is taking candidate experience a step further. Passionate about building healthy teams and organizations, Co-Create facilitates collaborative content-generating exercises with employees to produce personalized solutions for the candidate experience while uncovering the authentic voice of the employment brand at hand.
Ms. Dudley formerly served as Senior Manager of Talent Brand & Attraction for Comcast NBCUniversal after many years as Manager of Comcast’s Emmy Award-Winning User Experience & Product Design team. Within her role leading Talent Brand & Attraction, she launched the social talent attraction strategy for the company and produced dozens of stories and pieces of content to support its growth. Driven by her mission to “help everyone love where they work,” she has spent the last five years applying design-thinking to address all touch points of the candidate journey.
Ms. Dudley holds an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Fashion Design from Drexel University. She was recently named “Disruptor of the Year” by the DisruptHR NYC community.
Kelly has spent her 15+ year career helping organizations and individuals kick ass and become better versions of themselves. Coaching, training, recruiting – you name it, she’s done it, and in a variety of industries ranging from advertising to behavioral health to tourism and beyond. She’s a secret weapon for combatting employee engagement challenges and guiding individuals to achieve their dreams in all areas of their lives. Be it supporting new managers in their journeys from uncertain supervisors to rock star bosses, helping lost newbies zero in on what they want from their careers or enabling leaders to be more self-aware in their management styles and more skillfully interact with those around them, she’s done it all. Outside of pushing to make people and organizations better, Kelly spends most of her time marathoning Netflix programming with her mutt, Dexter.
Talia Edmundson is the Director of Human Resources for Philadelphia-based ecommerce company, RevZilla.com. Since joining the company as their first HR Leader, Talia has driven employee growth by 85% in just over 5 years. Her day to day focus is motivating awesome and imparting wisdom to those who seek HR knowledge, even if that means saying, no it’s not illegal, yes, that’s too dangerous, and maybe we should have a waiver for that.
Talia has been instrumental in building RevZilla as one of Philly.com’s Top Workplaces for five consecutive years, Fortune Magazine’s number 10 best workplace for millennials, and Fortune’s number 5 best place to work in retail mid-sized companies.
Lisa has been in the Employer Brand/Recruitment Marketing space for over 10 years. She’s currently the Vice President, Global Head of Employer Branding & Recruitment Marketing at RELX Group. She is a frequent guest speaker on Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing, Social Advocacy, and Diversity Branding at various professional and HR conferences. Lisa has an MBA in Marketing from Temple University.
She recently received a Business Marketing certificate from Northwestern Kellogg School. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and learning about AI – she was recently featured in a Forbes Women in Business article on her creative use of the Amazon Echo for business.
Jamahal C. Boyd, Sr. is the Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Language Services for TriHealth (Cincinnati). In this capacity, Jamahal leads a team of direct reports in the developing and implementing TriHealth’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy. His key responsibilities include operationalizing the strategic direction and providing vision and leadership to TriHealth’s diversity and inclusion function. As a key member of TriHealth’s leadership team, he advances TriHealth’s work on establishing the business case for diversity through a focus on healthcare disparities and workforce development. Additionally, Jamahal plays a vital role in TriHealth’s efforts to strengthen its supplier diversity strategy in collaboration with the executive team and supply chain leadership.
Jamahal brings a wealth of experience after more than 22 years as a progressive professional in the healthcare industry. He recently joined TriHealth from the Mercy Health System, where he last served in the role of Director of Operations for the Clinically Integrated Network (Cincinnati). During his tenure with Mercy Health, he also served in the role of Director, Multicultural Equity for several years. Prior to his tenure with Mercy Health, he was the Director, Office of Health Equity for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
He is a former National Board Member, serving as the Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Past President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Delaware Valley Chapter. Currently, the Chairman of the Trustee Board for the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, Board Member for the National Underground Freedom Railroad Center, Board Member for the Family Nurturing Center (FNC) and Board Member for The HealthCare Connection (a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the Cincinnati Region). In 2006, he received the Young Executive of the Year Award from NAHSE. Jamahal holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Delaware State University. His proven ability to collaborate with community leaders, physicians, executives and team members at all levels of the organization, will prove invaluable as he leads TriHealth’s Diversity, Inclusion, & Language Services function into the next phase of its progression. He is the proud husband of 16 years to Mrs. Eboni Boyd and father to 3 children: Jamahal Christopher Jr. (14), Jayla Cymone (9) and Jace Christopher (6).
Carolynn Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer for DiversityInc Media LLC. As the COO for
the past 13 years, Carolynn is responsible for operations, the production of DiversityInc
magazine, all web properties and all events. She is also responsible for sales management,
information technology, circulation, business development and the development and execution
of the annual DiversityInc Top 50 competition. She has been named the next CEO of
Prior to joining DiversityInc in 2003, Ms. Johnson was the marketing coordinator,
pharmaceutical and science groups, for Advanstar Communications. Prior to that, she was an
account manager at Correct Communications, a full-service marketing and communications
She completed an executive management program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth
College and earned an MBA from Rutgers Business School.
She has been director of the DiversityInc Foundation for the past seven years, and is on the
Board of Trustees at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC. Recently appointed to
National Board of Directors at INROADS. While completing her MBA, she was an elected
class officer and was a recipient of the Ted Marousas Award for Expanding the footprint of the
She is a wife, mother of a two darling children and lives in Princeton, NJ.
Marty leads the Insights team at Fuse, Cardinal Health’s innovation center, focusing on user and market research as well as user experience design. With more than 20 years as an information architect, interaction & visual designer, and creative director, Marty has held multiple design and user experience leadership roles. Over that time, he built UX teams at 4 companies—along the way co-founding, running, and eventually selling his own technology/design start-up. At Fuse, Marty has built out his 5th UX team and together they’re imagining, researching, and designing products they truly believe will make people’s lives easier, better, and longer.
Rachel is Founder + CEO of TENFOLD LLC. TENFOLD was born out of a personal dream to own
and build a great company with great company culture…and the belief that the two go hand in
hand. TENFOLD is an award-winning, strategy and creative firm that reveals and reflects the magic
of brand and culture for clients. We enable our clients to “live the brand” through the creation of an
inspired culture narrative and branded space design.
TENFOLD’s solutions incorporate strategy, environmental graphic design and interactive digital display
technology to create spaces that educate, inform and inspire…connecting people to place in a
meaningful way. As an entrepreneurial start up, TENFOLD has quickly become an industry leading
firm. TENFOLD brings the brand and culture story to life for clients like ESPN, NBCUniversal,
Big Lots and Huntington National Bank among many others.
Rachel’s professional career spans over 25 years. As a graduate of the University of Michigan with
a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, Rachel started her career as a designer in 1992. In 1997
Rachel joined the furniture industry innovator, Herman Miller. While managing Global Accounts at
Herman MIller, Rachel helped numerous Fortune 500 clients align their workplace strategy with
their business strategy. Through this work she learned that although she had always been
passionate about design, her true passion was business. As a result, in 2000 she enrolled at The
Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, while working full time, to earn her MBA. In 2006,
$120M contract interiors provider Continental Office Environments hired Rachel as Executive Vice
President, Marketing and Sales. Rachel resigned in 2014 to pursue her dream of owning her own
Rachel Roman is the Director of Talent, HR, and Culture at Updox — Updox is a Dublin, Ohio based software company and the industry-leading healthcare care coordination solution. Named for the past three consecutive years to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, Updox is integrated with more than 100 electronic health records (EHR) and serves more than 300,000 users and 72 million patients.
Rachel has been an HR professional for 6 years and has worked in the Finance, SaaS Software, Telephony, and Healthcare IT industries in various HR roles. She specializes in growing talent for both private and public companies in hyper growth phases by: bringing in top technical and executive talent, retaining top talent, identifying high potential performers, curating effective performance management philosophies, and ensuring the company culture remains strong and scalable.
Rachel lives in downtown Columbus with her hound dog Roca and in her spare time volunteers for Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Pets Without Parents.
Partner: Director of Integrated Marketing.
J. Forrest believes that toxic workplace cultures kill us slowly. J. and the team at Employee Strategies utilize their responsiveness, results-focused and fun approach to improve workplace cultures across several industries.
J. has more than 20 years of experience working in Organization Development. He has been employed by the two-time World Champion Minnesota Twins, St. Olaf College, inSOURCE HR Consulting and Xcel Energy Inc. In 2006, he started his own organization – Employee Strategies. In 2011, he started as a software firm Alignamite to take the pain out of performance management.
Forrest holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Political Science and Speech Communication & a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Development.
A dad, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle and a neighbor, J. lives with his family in Minneapolis Minnesota.
President and Founder of Eklund Consulting.
Nate Eklund holds fast to the notion that life is too precious to spend it not liking your job. That conviction bears out in his enthusiastic partnerships with organizations to ensure companies engage in the hard work of making work work.
Nate started his with 15 years as a high school English teacher, authored a book on workplace cultures in schools, founded his (cleverly named) company Eklund Consulting in 2011, and now works throughout a variety of industries to develop thoughtful leaders, engaged employees, and workplace cultures that are vibrant and fulfilling places for all. His Twitter handle summarizes him and his work thusly: “I like bringing people and organizations into their uncomfortable truths and realities and then getting us out alive together.”
Mary Sellke is an Executive Director who engages the Twin Cities craft beer community and beyond to kick in, lend a hand and give back to a multitude of non-profits. Mary believes that everyone deep down wants to be part of something a little bit bigger than themselves and if you make it easy for people to help, they will, in full force.
Mary has garnered a wealth of knowledge creating partnerships and working hand in hand with organizations that have a direct impact to the environment, health and human services, education and the arts. For her work in these area’s you will find the People Incorporated Community Partnership Award and the Memorial Blood Center Community Sponsor of the Year Award sitting on her mantle. Mary studied Physical Education and Gerontology at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
When she is not trying to save the world one beer at a time she is outside running, biking or watching her kids play whatever sport event happens to be in season.
Sophia joined Medtronic in April 2016 and currently leads the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement. In collaboration with HR and business leaders, she is responsible for ensuring an integrated approach to building a diverse talent pipeline and engaging our global workforce.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Sophia was the Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Development, and Global Strategic Diversity and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. Before that, she served as Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Manager for 3M Company. She also worked at PepsiAmericas and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in both diversity and inclusion capacities and HR business partner roles. Sophia earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies, with a concentration in Economics and Cultural Pluralism, from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Global Organizational Development.
John is deeply passionate about helping others to recognize and invest in their own passions and potential. He and his team currently drive Best Buy’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts, partnering with leaders across the organization to create sustainable strategies for recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining diverse leaders across the enterprise.
Prior to his work in D&I, he was a member of the supply chain business team, partnering with the world’s leading home computing companies to supply electronics to over 1,000 Best Buy stores nationwide. John coordinated the inventory strategy of nearly 100 computing products at any given time, managing annual budgets between $250-500 million.
Outside of the workplace, John spends his time composing/producing records, mentoring, and building relationships with creative minds across the country, crafting hundreds of musical concepts that have been featured on albums, in commercials, and at music festivals. Over the last 12 years, he’s been involved in a plethora of academic, creative, and professional organizations, developing a diverse set of relationships, while picking up various leadership skills (and positions) along the way.
John is a proud North Minneapolis native and self-appointed “Twin Cities Ambassador”, advocating for the great state of Minnesota while traveling the nation in search of talented people. He seeks to strike a perfect balance between the creative, analytical, and strategic in his everyday life.
Clare Jacky is the People & Culture Partner at local SaaS start-up, Leadpages. She serves as co-chair of the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG). DIG seeks to learn and elevate through training, programming, and content creation, working towards a more just and inclusive work culture, community, and tech space.
Erin Hargrove is a Senior Consultant for Human Resources Solutions for Salo LLC, the leader in driving business outcomes in finance, accounting and human resources. Erin works with a diverse group of clients throughout the Twin Cities supporting all facets of Human Capital Management from vendor selection to service delivery to process improvement.
Rodd Wagner is a Forbes columnist and the New York Times bestselling author of Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People. He is employee practice leader for BI Worldwide.
Scott Burns, an accomplished software entrepreneur, is the CEO and co-founder of Structural, a SaaS start-up pioneering Employee Success Management. He is the former CEO and co-founder of St. Paul-based GovDelivery, which sold to Visa Equity Partners for $153 million and merged with Granicus in 2016.
Scott also plays key roles in a number of Minnesota ventures, including participation in the investment group of Osborn 370, and the St. Paul Innovation Cabinet.
Scott Dorsey is currently the managing partner at High Alpha, an Indianapolis-based venture studio, and he is the former co-founder, chairman and CEO of ExactTarget, the leading SaaS email marketing service provider, which he grew from 2000 to 2012, took it public on the NY Stock Exchange, and was later acquired by Salesforce in 2013 for $2.7 billion to become the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Scott played the prominent role in building the culture of “orange” throughout his tenure – a thriving employee experience that was so key to ET’s success that it was listed as a competitive advantage in the company’s S1 filing.
Jeremy Miller is an 18 year old nationally known entrepreneur, speaker, marketer, and pioneer.
Jeremy started inventing things at the age of 7.
By 16 he had already created his first company. Fortunately, as he explains, his first company failed. By the age of 18 he turned around and built a successful digital media marketing agency called Inspired Blue Media. Jeremy is also the Co-Founder and CMO of IDEAvize.
Jeremy helps teach and inspire young entrepreneurs from around United States of America.
Jeremy Miller has been Featured in Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Mashable, and Future Sharks.
Karlene Kurtz is the Director of Learning & Development at Cummins, Inc. where they believe learning happens all the time. The goal of the Learning & Development team is to equip all employees with the knowledge, tools and support to leverage development opportunities that enhance personal and professional development while contributing to the success of Cummins.
Karlene has served in a variety of global Human Resources roles during her 14 years at Cummins and recently moved into the Learning & Development space.
Chip is Chief Marketing Officer at Structural, and a marketing executive with over 25 years of direct and digital marketing experience.
Previously Chip was CMO of Four51 OrderCloud, a leading B2B eCommerce platform. Prior to that, he was one of the first executives at ExactTarget, which they grew to be one of the largest cloud IPOs on the NYSE in 2012, and was followed by Salesforce’s $2.7 billion acquisition in 2013. At ExactTarget, now the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, he built multiple teams and formerly led business efforts in customer and relationship marketing. While at Salesforce, he formed and scaled many teams in marketing, customer experience, strategic services, email deliverability, industry/ISP relations, and privacy to support thousands of customers globally.
Chip has significant experience in product marketing, PR, advertising, SEO and lead generation. Product and partnership initiatives he initiated and managed now add millions of dollars of revenues annually.
Early in his career, Chip held senior marketing roles at cloud-based eCommerce company Digital River, and built his marketing career as an analytical marketer and merchandiser at cataloger, Fingerhut Corporation.
Craig P. Anderson is the president of Student Connections. Student Connections provides schools with products and services designed to help students successfully complete their postsecondary education and transition to the workforce. Anderson has 25 years of experience in higher education finance and student financial aid.
Prior to joining Student Connections in January 2014, Anderson was senior vice president, student loan sales, customer support and servicer management, for J.P. Morgan Chase. He previously held leadership positions with Sallie Mae, Bank One Education Finance and USA Group. Anderson served on the Consumer Bankers Association education funding committee.
He is a past vice chairman of the board for Education Loan Management Resources. Additionally, Anderson is a board member for the International School of Indiana. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.
As Sr. Director of Talent at Appirio, Julie oversees the HR Business Partner and Recruiting functions of the global organization – a company that has more than tripled in size in the four years that Julie has been there. Appirio is a global services company that helps customers create next-generation Worker and Customer Experiences using the latest cloud technologies. Julie leads all of the International HR and Recruiting/Recruitment Marketing teams including Europe, Japan and India with a focus on next generation worker experiences internally.
Julie has been a speaker and panelist at LinkedIn Talent Connect, TRaD Works Forum (Remote Work Summit) and was the 2015 recipient of the Indiana SHRM Professional Excellence Award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in HR Management from Indiana University. Currently, Julie serves as a chair for DisruptHR locally in Indianapolis. Disrupt is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.
Prior to Appirio, Julie built her tech-focused career through companies such as Interactive Intelligence, Teradata, and Aprimo in roles spanning across all areas of HR operations, recruiting, employee experience and talent management.
Business first. That’s the tagline of Element Three, a full-service brand and marketing agency in Indianapolis that works across channels to solve real business problems for clients who want to be market leaders.
But it’s also the axiom that fuels E3 President Tiffany Sauder’s own approach to growing an enterprise. When the former financial analyst took the helm of the company in 2006, Sauder was 24. Over ten years later, she’s catapulted annual revenues by over 950 percent. From coaching executives through the brand considerations of an acquisition to helping them use marketing and sales technology to track marketing performance, Sauder understands that success results from an integrated approach to business, brand, and creativity. Sauder has been interviewed by the Harvard Business Review and participated in panels hosted by Ad Age and TechPoint.
Her agency is a three-time Inc. 5000 company and in 2012, was awarded the HubSpot Agency of the Year award. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, J.R., and their three daughters.
Randy is CEO and Co-Founder of One Click. Founded in 2005, One Click is on a mission to be the world’s most people-focused eyewear company through its family of brands: Readers.com, Sunglass Warehouse, and felix + iris.
Prior to co-founding One Click, Randy held a variety of technology roles with Angie’s List, Aprimo, and Digital Insight (VIFI).
In addition to his current work at One Click, Randy enjoys supporting other entrepreneurs as an investor and advisor. Randy received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Franklin College.
Jenny Banner has been practicing amateur psychology since middle school. This interest in what makes people tick, led Jenny to careers Sales, HR, and consulting as well as a graduate education in I/O Psychology (the psychology of the workplace).
In her ~15 years of HR and consulting experience, Jenny has worked with companies from Fortune 500 to start up, and observed similarities across them all. As a consultant and coach her focus has been on leadership development, career transitions, and training.
She recently joined Smallbox, a local creative agency, as Director of Strategic Initiatives. She is applying her unique skill set to help organizations align their internal and external brand perceptions, and is working to refine educational offerings around problem solving using Design Thinking.
A native of Goshen, Indiana, Max lives in Indianapolis serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of Lessonly and founding director of its non-profit arm, The First Fund.
Max and Lessonly are focused on building and delivering team learning software that helps people do better work. Every day, Max is grateful for being cut from the basketball team two years in a row.
Jeffrey Moss is the Founder and CEO of Parker Dewey LLC. Parker Dewey executes short-term engagements on behalf of its clients, working with its network of career launchers (college students and recent graduates) who not only generate income from their work, but also demonstrate their skills, gain practical experience, and explore careers paths. Companies also benefit beyond the engagement outcomes as they can identify individuals with the skills and fit to thrive within their organization.
Prior to founding Parker Dewey, Jeffrey served in senior operating roles with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Specialized Education Services (acquired by Catapult Learning). Jeffrey spent much of his career as a venture capital investor with Summit Partners, Sterling Partners, and Susquehanna Growth Equity, supporting technology-enabled organizations in the education, business services, and software sectors. Jeffrey led investments including Connections Education (acquired by Pearson), Ashworth College, Progressus Therapy (acquired by Invo HealthCare), Fleetcor (NYSE: FLT), ProClarity (acquired by Microsoft), Avectra (acquired by Abila), and The SAVO Group.
Some of Jeffrey’s other Board responsibilities have included: Chairman of the Board of Workstream (Nasdaq: WSTM), a software provider for human resources departments; OneGoal, a non-profit focused on college accessibility and persistence; the Chicago American Marketing Association; and the Illinois Venture Capital Association.
Paul Darwish has served as the Chief Business Development Officer & Director of Marketing at Graydon for nearly five years, and played an instrumental role in their recent office move, in addition to directing the creation of a new brand and website for the 146 year-old law firm at the time of their move, last October. Prior to his work at Graydon, Paul has started three different companies, one of which was recognized by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996. He also served as President of Closson’s, one of Cincinnati’s most iconic and upscale brands in the art, design and home furnishings industry. Paul began his career 30 years ago at Procter & Gamble, where he managed a $40 million promotional budget for one of their largest brands (Crest). A Cincinnati native, he earned a BA from Xavier University in English and International Affairs, and an MBA, with honors, from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in business ethics. He has taught entrepreneurship in Xavier’s MBA program and served as a mentor, advisor, and consultant to dozens of start-up companies and small businesses.
Steve Browne is the Executive Director of Human Resources for LaRosa’s, Inc. – a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio with 14 locations and over 1,100 Team Members. Steve has been an HR professional for 30 years and has worked in the Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Professional Services industries in various HR roles. He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors and has been a member of the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for the North Central Region of SHRM and Past Ohio State Council Director. He facilitates a monthly HR Roundtable as well as an HR internet forum called the HR Net which reaches over 8,300 people globally each week. Steve is an accomplished speaker who has been featured at local, regional and national Conferences, Chambers of Commerce, HR chapters and businesses. He’s very active in Social Media and has a nationally recognized HR blog – Everyday People.
Jason Seiden is Co-Founder at Brand Amper, a brand communication platform that captures employee stories for use in marketing and recruiting… and was one of 6 “Awesome New Start Ups” at the 2014 HR Technology Conference. He is also an advisor to Lever, the fast-growing, venture-backed, modern Talent Attraction Suite that has already won over 1,200 clients.
His cross-functional background—he has worked in talent acquisition, talent development, employer branding, marketing/strategy, and management—has given him deep expertise in communications and positioning, skills he brings to bear on behalf of his clients. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of management and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
As the HR business partner at LPK, Steve Bowling is responsible for making a great first impression on those interested in joining the company. He leads recruiting, placing and nurturing the talents of both career candidates and student interns alike.
In his 10 years at LPK, Steve has mastered the ability to build meaningful relationships. He recognizes the value of connecting the right talent with the right team, fostering enduring partnerships and helping people connect to the right opportunity.
Steve graduated from Campbellsville University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He is a member of both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and its regional affiliate, the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association (GCHRA).
A graduate of Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design, Sam Julka is an enthusiastic and compassionate design researcher who is committed to the belief that design can change the world. Sam is a listener, and she’s incredibly empathetic—two skills that make her incredibly good at what she does.
If you tell Sam a sad story do not be surprised if you see a tear well up. Fear not: she has a firm grip on reality. She is just passionate about her work and thinks the key to making change in a complex world is listening to people’s struggles and enabling them to become positive change agents.
Sam lives in an historic downtown Indianapolis neighborhood with her husband Chris, their twin boys—Jasper and Henry—and their dog, Porter. Though she doesn’t consider herself a professional photographer, she loves taking photos and is never without her camera. She also spends her rare moments of spare time playing golf, shopping locally, and walking to nearby restaurants.
Throughout the course of her education, Sam worked on several people-centered projects that helped inform the collaborative Design Thinking process she uses to this day. With this process, she helps empower people—especially people who don’t consider themselves designers—to improve their workplaces.
Rick brings 24 years of management, finance, and consulting experience to Fusion Alliance. He leads an executive team responsible for: establishing and executing the strategic direction of the firm, sales, and management of client relationships, assembling and providing executive oversight for delivery teams, managing internal operations, and driving Fusion’s continued growth and success. Throughout his career, Rick Mariotti has focused on helping companies achieve results by transforming business goals and objectives into actionable solutions.
Prior to Fusion, Rick was a partner and president of Quick Solutions, Inc., one of Central Ohio’s largest privately held IT consulting firms. He was credited with helping the company expand its reach into new markets and industries, leading strategic sales and overseeing the successful delivery of Quick Solutions’ largest implementations.
Rick is passionate about serving the community and holds multiple leadership roles, including: chairman of the Operations Board of the Buckeye Ranch; founding committee member of the Bobby Rahal Foundation Rally for the Ranch; treasurer of TechServe Alliance (Ohio Chapter), and trustee of the Sandra Mariotti Pancreatic Cancer Fund. Rick currently resides in Lewis Center, Ohio, with his wife, Lori, and sons, Kilar and Lucas.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, 84.51°
At 84.51° Beth Giglio brings a broad expertise of human resources, overall business expertise and a successful track record of driving strong cultures, redesigning organizations, and development and retention of key talent. Working closely with the 84.51° executive team and the Kroger HR Leadership Team, Ms. Giglio oversees all organizational human resource functions including people management, benefits, change management best practices, talent acquisition and retention strategies and people analytics.
Ms. Giglio spent over a decade serving various medical device businesses within Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Companies, including Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Sterilmed, Inc., and Acclarent, Inc., in roles of increasing responsibility in supply chain, research and development and human resources. In her roles with Johnson & Johnson, she was human resources lead for three startup businesses where she lead the divisions through significant change during early lifecycle and business model evolution. She was a key driver of several significant change management initiatives that impacted talent retention and development, created organizational engagement strategies, succession planning and creating and executing cross-functional processes.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Giglio held leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting’s Cincinnati office for nearly ten years where she served in the Health Care, Consumer Products, Financial Services, and Oil & Gas Industries, focused on change management and organizational design and development.
Ms. Giglio holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University, Oxford. Ms. Giglio has been very involved in the Greater Cincinnati community both as a volunteer and serving on a number of non-profit boards.
My personal mission: disrupt the status-quo and help organizations find their unique way to differentiate themselves from the pack.
By nature, I am an explorer, excited by things I haven’t seen before, people I haven’t met before. Whereas others may be intimidated by the unfamiliar or unknown, I am intrigued by it. It fires up my curiosity and stimulates my senses. Change is an opportunity, not a threat or a fatality.
Todd Richardson brings more than 15 years of experience in human resources, legal, real estate, and risk management to Emplify (powered by Bluebridge), where he oversees the employee engagement strategy as Chief People Officer. Most recently, he founded and served as the Chief Culture Officer of Cadence Consulting, which was acquired by Bluebridge in 2016. Prior to that, Todd was the EVP of Administration for ExactTarget (Salesforce), where he helped grow the business to 3,000+ employees across 15+ global offices. Todd is a regular contributor and speaker for employee-focused publications and events such as the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Resolve Conference.
In her current role as Senior Vice President of Product for Angie’s List, Shelly Towns is responsible for innovation and the end to end experience for more than three million members and service providers.
Shelly joined Angie’s List in 2005 as a staff writer for Angie’s List Magazine, where she earned multiple reporting awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. In 2007, Shelly became a Senior Marketing Manager and later the Director of Marketing, where she is credited with the creation and scale of the company’s SEO program, which experienced triple digit, new member sales increases each year. Shelly earned the 2013 Mira Award for Marketing Technology and Innovation for her team’s achievements in this area. Shelly also lead the company’s rebranding effort in 2010, culminating in a national TV and print campaign which helped catapult Angie’s List into a household name.
Prior to joining Angie’s List, Shelly was an editor for Midwest Parenting Publications and the North American Retail Hardware Association. She is a graduate of Indiana University, where she earned a BS in Journalism.
Shelly lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two young daughters. She’s an active member of the local tech community and serves on the board of the United Way and TechPoint.
Sam is a professional training and coaching consultant in practice for the past 13 years. He has facilitated training in 8 countries on 4 continents and is passionate about creating opportunities for people to explore ideas and find ways to continuously grow and improve. Sam specializes in leadership and interpersonal communication training and is also well equipped for customer service and sales training. His client list includes both small and large companies from a wide range of industries including; Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Roche Diagnostics, Anthem Inc.
Defenders, and Simon Property Group. Sam earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University with double major in Financial Planning and Consumer Affairs.
A dynamic and enthusiastic leader, Shawn Herring built and managed the global demand generation team at ExactTarget. His team helped increase return on investment across all marketing channels and was instrumental in ExactTarget becoming one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world before being acquired by Salesforce.com. Shawn holds an MBA from Indiana University and has previously been in marketing roles at Harlan Laboratories and Roche Diagnostics.
Rod was the COO of Signpost, a NY-based marketing automation platform for local businesses, prior to which he held leadership positions at two high-growth ad tech companies, AppNexus and Magnetic. He has also been a consultant for Bain & Company, and an equity analyst for Wells Capital Management and Morgan Stanley. Rod earned his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management and his BS at Duke University. He grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Carmel with his wife and two children.
As the Chief Operations Officer, Nanci ensures MOBI’s customers experience world-class service. Responsible for the Support Center, Implementation Team, and Logistics, she heads day-to-day and strategic support to some of the nation’s most innovative companies. She joined MOBI when its customer base expanded, and gladly took on new roles with varying responsibilities across the Operations team, which included supporting customers from the Public Sector to Fortune 100 Companies. Prior to MOBI, she was the District Customer Service Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond for central Indiana, where she was responsible for service levels, bridal and gift registry programs, and new hire orientation and training programs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Franklin College.
Nanci lives in Avon with her husband (Scott), daughter (Abbie), and two sons (Zack and Avery). She fills her spare time with family activities, which include Cub Scouts, Awana, Glee Club, and various sports.
As President of BLASTmedia, Lindsey is responsible for new business development and helping oversee the strategic direction and operations of the agency. Over the past decade with BLASTmedia, Lindsey has managed PR campaigns and brought key clients on board for the agency, including Philips, adidas, Long John Silver’s and hhgregg.
In addition to her role at BLASTmedia, Lindsey is Principal of STATWAX – a digital advertising agency – and BLASTmedia Ventures, an investment company providing capital and marketing support to technology start-ups.
Prior to joining BLASTmedia, Lindsey worked at Fleishman-Hillard Chicago in the consumer marketing practice group. At F-H, she was responsible for executing national PR campaigns for global brands like Nike, Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Abbott Labs.
Doug Brown has over 32 years of experience as a strategic business executive and entrepreneur. He is the CEO and co-founder of Fusion Alliance which was founded in 1994. Doug led Fusion’s regional expansion effort by opening the Cincinnati, Ohio, office in 2003 and in 2014 Fusion Alliance combined companies with Quick Solutions, now branded as Fusion Alliance in the Columbus, Ohio, market. Doug is passionate about serving the community and sits on the board of the Center of Leadership Development at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council.
Jeb Banner is CEO and co-founder of SmallBox, an Indianapolis based creative consultancy founded in 2006 as well as CEO and co-founder of Boardable, a board management software company founded in 2016 . He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1996. Jeb is the founder of Musical Family Tree, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading Indiana music, as well as a co-founder and past chair of the Speak Easy, an entrepreneurial co-working non-profit located in Indianapolis. Along the way Jeb has co-founded or invested in a number of other Indianapolis based businesses. Jeb lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife Jenny and their three lovely daughters. In his spare time he collects vinyl records, records music and cooks as much as possible.
Kelly serves as Chief Operating Officer for American Health and Wellness Group and assists clients with compliance, employee benefit options and cost evaluations, online enrollment technology and wellness results. She has enjoyed being in the health and wellness group benefits industry for over 25 years. Kelly’s diverse leadership background includes business operations, client management, sales and marketing, product development, reporting, wellness and onsite employer clinics.
Kristen is Vice President of Corporate Strategies at American Health & Wellness Group. Within her role, she works with companies in order to better the health of their employees to result in benefit premium reductions while increasing productivity and reducing absenteeism. By integrating wellness with insurance, Kristen is able to put a strategy behind employee insurance to position her clients for premium programs and ensure they are not losing by default. Her background includes human capital management, employee engagement and employee acquisition and retention.
As President of Studio Science, a design and innovation consultancy in Indianapolis, Nathan Sinsabaugh leads a talented group of designers and strategists committed to helping brands develop an authentic understanding of the people they serve in order to design truly meaningful products, services and experiences. From product prototypes, to brand identities, to IPO investor presentations, Nathan and his team has been honored to work with companies like ExactTarget, Angie’s List and many more during some of the most pivotal moments in their histories.
After 19 years of experience working for Steelcase and Nurture, in 2010 Carla began serving as Business Furniture’s Vice President of Healthcare and Director of Healthcare Markets. Carla is responsible for leading Business Furniture’s Healthcare and New Business Development teams. Her Steelcase experience combined with her recent work with healthcare organizations provides her with a passion to find healthcare solutions and a unique perspective on the challenges facing healthcare organizations today. She recently received her Evidenced Based Design Certification (EDAC) through the Center for Health Design.
Carla began her career with Steelcase in San Francisco, California in 1991 and held several positions within the company including: Dealer Market Manager, Learning & Development Consultant and Liaison to the Architecture and Design Community
Brian Deyo is the Head of Employee Engagement Research at Emplify (powered by Bluebridge), where he leads the company’s effort in researching and defining employee engagement, while building a model of measurement and improvement for customers.
Brian began his career as an analyst delivering executive reporting and analysis at ChaCha. After brief stints running his own software startup and as a digital marketer, he managed design, development, and launch for a half dozen software products in two years as a consultant at Developer Town.
This diverse experience combined with a B.A. in Economics enables Brian to lead the Bluebridge effort researching and defining Employee Engagement and building a model of measurement and improvement we use with our customers.