Speakers

Emily Disston

Emily Disston

Director Employee Experience, UiPath

Emily Disston is an HR leader with 10 years of progressive, diverse experience in both high growth startups, corporate environments and non-profits. Her interest in Psychology and understanding what motivates people started in school. This led her to pursue her Masters in Counseling at Columbia University and then her career in HR.  Her passions lie in determining how to drive organizational effectiveness, facilitate cross-team communication, and enable leadership development. About a year ago, Emily transitioned from being the head of HR of a 300-person technology start-up to a role focused on Employee Experience at a 3000-person technology start-up, called UiPath.  It is from this context that Emily would like to share the work she and her teammates have done around creating a positive employee experience in a rapidly changing environment.

Maigen Rowe

Maigen Rowe

Director Global Employee Experience, Allegion

Maigen Rowe is the Director of Global Employee Experience for Allegion.

At her core, Maigen is primarily responsible for fostering the Allegion culture, with a focus on driving employee engagement and strengths around the world. She understands that to better the customer experience and the organization, employees need to bring their best selves to work – and that the best ideas don’t come from the status quo, but rather from building and celebrating diversity. To that end, she has become integrated across the entire employee experience, from the first contact with talent acquisition through the rest of the employee lifecycle. Maigen is passionate about helping people discover their natural talents to achieve their full potential to deliver outstanding business performance.

Maigen holds a BA in French and Mass Communication from Anderson University and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Maigen resides in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Brad Wilkins

Brad Wilkins

Chief People Officer, Altisource

Bradford is the Chief People Officer for Altisource (NASDAQ: ASPS) where he built and oversees the People Solutions function globally for employees in North America, South America, Europe, India and the Philippines. Bradford specializes in innovative, business-oriented HR and talent-management strategies at growing and evolving companies. He has held architecture responsibilities for multiple integrated talent departments, incorporating HR, talent acquisition, talent development, total rewards and organizational development across a variety of industries and company sizes. In his previous role as Vice President, Talent Management and HR Services at Adcap, the company was recognized two years in a row as the #1 Overall Best Place to Work in Atlanta by the “Best and Brightest” and was named a top three company in the U.S. overall for its hiring practices by TheLadders.com.  Bradford was named the “2019 HR Rising Star” in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the Top 25 HR “Game Changers” Under 40 globally by Workforce Magazine and the #1 Recruiter in the U.S. by TheLadders.com and the SHRM-Atlanta Pegasus Award. He has been a featured speaker for Featured speaker for Talent Management Alliance, LinkedIn, TheLadders, Workforce Live, TLNT, ALI, Conference Board and published in multiple publications including an interview in Forbes and an article in Talent Management Magazine. Bradford received his degree from the University of Maryland-College Park and currently lives in Brookhaven with wife Marissa and son Jonah.

Derrick Barton

Derrick Barton

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Talent Solutions

Derrick Barton is one of the world’s leading experts in the practical implementation of talent practices. When the best companies have to solve big talent issues, they call Derrick.
His pragmatic approach helps organizations like Baylor Healthcare, General Electric, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, John Deere, EMC, DOD, FEMA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Unilever implement “real” solutions needed to deliver over 601 Million dollars of incremental results.
Derrick is the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for TALENT SOLUTIONS – the elite partner equipping organizations to make sure TALENT joins, engages, contributes, innovates and stays.
Derrick has a wealth of experience gained through leadership roles within manufacturing, telecommunications, and the high tech business segments. He has provided thought leadership for the Human Capital Institute and Center for Human Capital Innovation and headed up the HR, Training, and OD functions within multiple Fortune 100 Companies.

His upcoming book – Engaging TALENT: A Field Guide shows the work he did with 60,000 leaders to improve talent results and increase organization performance. He truly has seen what it takes to impact global talent results by working with top business leaders and frontline managers from virtually every part of the world.
Derrick is a BGSU graduate with BSBA and MOD degrees. Delivering pragmatic, straightforward messages have become his trademark.

Scott Dimmick

Scott Dimmick

Chief Human Resources Officer, Lakeland Regional Health

Scott Dimmick is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer with a large health system in central Florida. He has held senior roles in Human Resources with several large Fortune 500 companies and has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Scott has facilitated over 200 leadership development workshops covering numerous management topics. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. He has researched and written on the topics of high performance work systems, leadership, organizational change, talent management, and innovation. Scott is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources via the Human Resources Certification Institute, and a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management. He has completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and serves on the American Management Association’s Advisory Council for Healthcare Human Resource Executives.

Tim Toterhi

Tim Toterhi

Chief Human Resources Officer, Cenduit

Tim Toterhi is not your usual HR guy. He’s passionate about slashing bureaucracy and rethinking old thinking. He is a TEDx speaker, certified executive coach, and the author of several books including The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job and The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting.

As a Project Management Professional (PMP) and CHRO with 20 years of management experience in the Americas, Europe, and Asia he craves practical solutions and tangible results. His goal is fewer forms and more function. He lives by the mantra: Learn, Teach, Rinse, Repeat.

Christopher Rotolo

Christopher Rotolo

VP Talent Management and Organization Development, PepsiCo

Christopher Rotolo is Vice President of Global Talent Management and Organization Development for PepsiCo, where his team is responsible for the global core talent management and people processes including the company’s organizational health survey, performance management, leadership development and feedback, career development tools, and team effectiveness.  Prior to this role, Christopher led the design of PepsiCo’s high potential assessment and identification processes.  Prior to joining PepsiCo, Christopher headed the Leadership Strategy and Research team within IBM where he was responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for internal leadership assessment and development.  Christopher’s other experiences include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hay Group and running his own consulting firm.  Christopher earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is a member of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and past-president of Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology.   He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and has authored a variety of articles and book chapters on leadership, culture, and assessment.  He and his co-authors were recently awarded the Elliot Jaques Memorial Best Paper of the Year Award from the Consulting Psychology Journal for their submission “How are top companies designing and managing their high-potential programs?”  Lastly, Christopher is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches Human Resource Selection and Organizational Climate and Culture.

Damon Porter

Damon Porter

Chief Human Resources Officer, Grange Insurance

Damon J. Porter joined Grange Insurance in May 2018 as its Chief Human Resources Officer. He and his dedicated team are charged with developing, implementing and administering HR procedures, policies and programs that meet Grange’s business needs, support its corporate values, and help enable the company’s future growth and direction.

Porter previously served as Vice President, Talent Management & HR Business Partners at Erie Insurance in Erie, PA. In this role, he led a talented HR organization that monitored, assessed and provided consultative human capital solutions. Prior to that, Porter served in various HR leadership roles at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC, including Vice President, HR Planning & Integration, and Vice President, Corporate HR.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Porter earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated magna cum laude with bachelor degrees in business management and marketing. He holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations, and has also completed the Executive Strategic Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

A strong advocate of supporting the plight of others, Porter has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (H.A.N.D.S.), and The Youth Leadership Institute.

He and his wife are the proud parents of three children and reside in Columbus, OH.


Daniel Harding

Daniel Harding

Senior Director Total Rewards and Employee Relations, MVP Healthcare

Dan is the Senior Leader, Total Rewards and Employee Relations at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY.  He has been at MVP since 2012.  Prior to joining MVP, Dan worked for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA working on Global Compensation and Benefits.  He holds his SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP and GRP certifications.  He has presented at National conferences for Merrill Lynch, CEB/Gartner and MetLife as well as at both the 2016 and 2019 WorldatWork National Total Rewards conferences.  He sits on the MetLife Client Advisory Board as well as the Total Rewards Expert Council for WorldatWork.  While at MVP, Dan has implemented many process and plan design improvements across both his scope for Total Rewards as well his expanded scope into Employee Relations.  These include being quoted in Employee Benefit News for 401(k) plan design as well as an article published in Bloomberg (BNA.com) highlighting the successful Journey to Well-Being program at MVP Health Care.

Dr. Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson

Best Selling Author and President, Nelson Motivation

The leading authority on employee recognition, engagement and retention in the world and president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training & consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their employee recognition practices, programs and systems. He’s an Executive Strategist for HR Issues who has consulted with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 & co-founded Recognition Professionals International. He’s a long-term collaborator & confidante of Dr. Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager” and currently a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the World’s #1-ranked Executive Coach.

Awards & Accolades include:

  • Leading Authority & “Consultant’s Consultant” for Recognition & Rewards by HR TECH Outlook magazine
  • Senior Fellow for Human Capital by The Conference Board
  • Top Thought Leader by the Best Practice Institute
  • Top 20 Global Management Guru by Global Gurus
  • Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer by EE Awards

Dr. Bob has sold 5 million books on management and employee recognition & rewards, including 1501 Ways to Reward Employees (now in its 64th printing), The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, The Management Bible, and his latest book, 1001 Ways to Engage Employees. His books have been translated into 37 languages.

Has presented on six continents and appears extensively in the national media including CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, NPR, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Inc. magazines to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees. He writes a blog for executives for The Conference Board as well monthly columns for Incentive and Inc. magazines.

Has an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and a PhD in management with the late, great Dr. Peter Drucker, “The Father of Modern Management,” at the Drucker Graduate Management School where his doctoral dissertation was on “Factors that Encourage or Inhibit the Use of Employee Recognition by U.S. Managers.” Lecturer for the MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.

Kevin Gober

Kevin Gober

Senior Director Employee & Guest Experience, Atlanta Hawks

Kevin is an experienced professional that lives his passion by leading and inspiring individuals to move their organizations through cultural transformations. He has served 25 years in the customer experience space, with approximately 20 years as a leader within the Retail and Sports & Entertainment industries and 5 years as a Business Consultant.

As a John Maxwell certified Speaker, Coach, Trainer, Kevin has gained the knowledge and experience to provide keen business insights to all levels within organizations, thus providing Executives, leaders of leaders, subject matter experts and front-line staff with the capacity to enhance employee engagement and create an exceptional and consistent customer experience, both internally and externally.

During his time at Disney Institute, Kevin partnered with multiple NFL, NBA, a variety of Retail and Automotive organizations as well as Institutions of Higher Learning sharing leadership and employee/customer service best practices.

Of all the experiences and accomplishments Kevin has achieved, guiding organizations and its leaders through cultural and learning transformations has been and continues to be accomplished via his innate ability to develop meaningful and healthy relationships.

Angela J. White

Angela J. White

SVP Teammate Experience, SunTrust Bank

Angela Johnson White, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – (angela.johnsonwhite@suntrust.com)Angela is a Senior Vice President and heads the Employee Experience and Engagement Practice for SunTrust Banks, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia where she been an HR leader for the past 12 years. During her tenure with SunTrust, Angela has been an HR Business Partner supporting the Private Wealth Management Team, managed the Employee Relations Group and served as the HR Policy and Practice Lead. Prior to joining SunTrust, Angela was the Senior HR Business Partner for Wescom Credit Union and previously held the position of Managing Director for INROADS/San Diego, Inc.

Angela brings more than 25 years of experience in dealing with the challenges of Human Resources in today’s ever-changing business environment. She has a broad-based background in the areas of employee engagement and inclusion, performance management, leadership coaching, policy development and risk management. Angela has a BS in Management from Purdue University and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Executive Leadership and Emory University’s Goizueta Executive Women’s Leadership Programs. She is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego, an organization whose purpose is to provide balanced, issue-oriented programming that informs and inspires leadership and civic engagement on regional issues.

Angela is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), is an active member in the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM) and a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Georgia. Angela speaks basic conversational Spanish.

 

Angela relocated to Atlanta, GA from Southern California in 2006 and currently resides in Cobb County.

 


Al Carlson

Al Carlson

Vice President Talent Management and Leadership Development, BTD Manufacturing

Al is a 25 year HR veteran who is in a dual role of the Vice President of Talent Management & Leadership Development with BTD Manufacturing, and Director of Talent Management and Leadership Development with BTD’s parent company, Otter Tail Corporation.   Al joined Otter Tail Corporation in April of 2013.  Prior to joining Otter Tail Corporation, he was with Pella Corporation for 27 years with his last position being the senior manager of leadership and organizational development overseeing the development of 8,000 plus employees.   In a duel role, he also served as the Pella Direct Sales Network Organization Development Leader with its 6,000 independent employees. A graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, with a Masters of Business Leadership degree from William Penn University, he has held positions in manufacturing, sales and human resources during his career. Al is a master communicator, equally at ease with senior executives, independent business owners, line managers and production workers. Over the years, he has presented to audiences numbering from single figures to many hundreds, in locations as diverse as ballrooms, boardrooms, executive suites, college campuses, company cafeterias and assembly lines.  Al is a go-to resource for everything to do with corporate growth and development.

Eli Doster

Eli Doster

Vice President Talent Strategy, Insight Global

Eli Doster is the Vice President of Talent Strategy at Insight Global where he oversees talent acquisition, Insight Global University, employer branding, and company culture. Insight Global only promotes from within, so hiring, training, and culture collectively play critical roles in the success of the organization, all of which have combined to fuel the growth of the company. Mr. Doster has played a key role in architecting these programs, and his sole purpose at the organization is to help all of Insight Global’s people grow personally, professionally, and financially. Insight Global is one of the fastest growing and largest staffing firms in North America, and is consistently ranked a best place to work in North America.

Nicole Stragalas

Nicole Stragalas

Vice President Leadership and Development, Sierra Central Credit Union

Nicole Stragalas is the Vice President of Leadership and Development at Sierra Central Credit Union. She has 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Learning, Organization Development, Lean Process Design, and Customer Experience. Her specialization is in applying behavioral design to learning creation, organizational change, and process streamlining. Ms. Stragalas has a number of certifications, including in coaching, lean process design, and organization development tools. She is a published author, writing for peer-reviewed journals and collaborative book collections, and has spoken at a number of professional conferences. She has an MBA and a masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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