2018 Tri-State SHRM Conference

Speakers

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Gregg Barratt
Sr. HR & OD Consultant
The Human Resource Consortium, LLC
Gregg has been consulting in HR and OD since 1990 and has been a Senior Consultant with The Human Resource Consortium since 1995. Gregg has consistently earned high praise in his consulting assignments with firms including American Medical Response, Avis, Chelsea Groton Bank, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, HTVN, IBM, JDS Uniphase, Northeast Utilities, PepsiCo, Price Waterhouse, Texaco, UST, and the Connecticut State Police. Additionally, with his advanced certification in Critical Incident Stress Management, Gregg has supported critical events, including PanAm Flight 800 and 9/11/2001 at the World Trade Center in New York. Prior to and concurrent with his consulting work, Gregg has held HR and OD leadership roles in organizations experiencing high growth and change for Frontier Communications, Aetna Financial Services, BIC Corporation, SpaceFitters/Chasm, Inc., Pitney Bowes, RJ Nabisco, and Merrill Lynch. He now holds the role of Chief Administrative Officer for Fidelco.

Gregg earned his B.S. in Industrial Psychology, completed extensive graduate work in Organizational Psychology and Human Resources, and holds dozens of HR and OD tool certifications.
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Sarah Barzee
Chief Talent Officer
Connecticut State Department of Education
Dr. Barzee currently serves as the Chief Talent Officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). In this role, she has oversight of the CSDE Talent Office, charged with educator preparation andcertification,induction (TEAM), educator evaluation and support, professional learning, leadership development and other talent management initiatives. Prior to serving the Department in this capacity, Dr. Barzee was the Division Director for Leadership Development in the CSDE Talent Office and served as Interim Chief Talent Officer for nine months. In that role, she worked to support the pilot of the new state model for educator evaluation, the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED), as well as supporting districts statewide as they developed their plans for educator evaluation and support for statewide implementation in 2013-2014.

Dr. Barzee was employed, for over seven years, by the State Education Resource Center (SERC). She served as its Associate Director, and previously as Assistant Director for Program Development and Consultant. Previously, Dr. Barzee held the positions of principal, adjunct professor, and teacher for both regular and special education students. Dr. Barzee holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leadership from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan; a sixth year certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Hartford; and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in special education from Saint Joseph College. She holds Connecticut certifications as a general and special education teacher, intermediate administrator and superintendent.
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Mary Borba
Sr. Human Resources Consultant
Boehringer Ingelheim, USA

Mary Borba joined Boehringer Ingelheim, USA in May, 2005 until her retirement in July, 2015. In her last role, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the U.S with responsibility for providing strategic guidance and HR solutions for 10,000 people. She was a member of the BI US Corporate Management Committee and the Global Human Resources Committee. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President for Compensation and Benefits for BI’s U.S. operations with responsibility for over $180 million in benefits, a $2 billion pension plan and a $1 billion dollar payroll. She has over 30 years of Human Resources experience in progressively responsible positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, followed by assignments as Head of Human Resources for the Americas Division of Swiss Reinsurance Company, and Managing Director for Human Resources for North America at Marsh USA.

Prior to Boehringer Ingelheim, Mary was Vice President of Human Resources at Argonaut Insurance Company. Mary has experience in leading large organizations as a Human Resource generalist and has had specific experience in performance management, Total Rewards strategies, compensation and benefit design, including executive compensation, talent management and organizational design. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

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Mickey Bradley
President
Buster Consulting, LLC
Mickey Bradley has been working in organizations to create better work experiences and higher performance since 1994. With a passion for problem solving and a history of connecting strongly and quickly with people/teams to move them toward their goals, he has literally helped thousands of employees in dozens of countries achieve results that impact the bottom line: leaders who inspire; colleagues who respect and support each other; and a culture that leverages everyone's full knowledge, experience, and talent.

Areas of expertise include Strategic Culture Change, Executive Coaching, Team Building, Facilitation, and Education. Mickey has conducted many training sessions on topics including Communication, Conflict Resolution, Implicit Bias, Building Trust, Working Across Differences, and more. He believes strongly in leveraging collaboration and engagement to drive creative solutions that dramatically increase both personal satisfaction and organizational effectiveness. Mickey holds a B.S. in Math from Union College and an M.A. degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany.
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Julie Bush
Consultant
Corey Jamison Consulting
Julie Bush, Consultant at Corey Jamison Consulting, is a sought after leadership coach of emerging professionals, and facilitates groups of emerging professionals as they navigate the world of work and succession. She specializes in the development and implementation of process/system improvements, providing rigor and alignment between organizational process and outcomes.

Prior to joining Corey Jamison Consulting, Julie was the Director of Operations at Troy Web Consulting. Julie also served as Director of Marketing and Visibility at The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, as well as Associate Director of HR and People Strategy. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from the University at Albany.
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Cindy Butler
Founder and President
Butler & Associates

Cynthia J. Butler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Founder and President of Butler & Associates. Her firm provides customized integrated HR solutions in the areas of staffing and talent management, employee and labor relations, legal and policy compliance, communications and organizational effectiveness, coaching, training, strategic planning, compensation and benefits management.

With over 30 years of Human Resources and leadership experience, Cynthia has held positions managing the recruitment, training, employee and labor relations functions for public and private consumer product companies.Prior to starting her own business, she was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for the Stride Rite Corporation where she served as a strategic business partner for the corporate, international and business groups for over 2,600 employees. A proficient facilitator, negotiator, change consultant and advisor, Cynthia frequently presents to human resources and business professionals on a variety of Human Resource related topics.

After completing labor relations courses at Cornell University, Cynthia earned a B.A. in Business at Bryant University, cum laude. She is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship Training Program and certified as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator Instructor, Leadership Trainer and Small Business Consultant.

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Scott Cawood
President & CEO, Employee Engagement & Organization Sustainability Practice Leader
WorldatWork & The Human Resource Consortium, LLC
Scott is a returning, top-rated presenter of the Tri-State SHRM Conference as an expert in organizational culture and effectiveness and how they contribute to organizational value. He also was a top ranked speaker at SHRM National conferences and Mega Session presenter for 11 consecutive years.

In 2017, Scott was selected as President & CEO of WorldatWork while continuing as Faculty Member, Georgetown University and Employee Engagement and Organization Sustainability Practice Leader for The Human Resource Consortium. Previously, Scott held roles of Leader, Organization Effectiveness Team at W.L. Gore, President of Global Operations at Synygy, VP of Global Talent Management for Revlon, VP for the Great Place to Work Institute, and HR Business Leader for W.L. Gore.

A continual learner, he earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University and his Ed.D. in Work-Based Learning Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in a joint program with Wharton School of Business. He co-authored Destination Profit: Creating People-Profit Opportunities in Your Organization with Rita Bailey of Southwest Airlines and has been interviewed by ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, HR Executive, and SHRM Magazine, and has been a featured columnist in Employee Relations Today.
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Lata Chawla
Founder
Performance Edge
Lata Chawla is the founder of Performance Edge, a management consulting firm specializing in global diversity, transformation and inclusion/engagement strategies, based in Farmington, CT. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, organizational change and development. Lata is also the co-founder of Transform Institute which provides leadership, transformational and professional development programs that help individuals and organizations accelerate results and create conditions for authentic engagement and high performance.

Prior to starting her own consultancy in 2006, Lata worked at ESPN, Inc. for eleven years, serving various leadership roles in Human Resources such as Staffing, Diversity, Training and Organizational Development. Prior to ESPN, Lata worked as an HR manager at The Hartford Insurance Group. Lata is an expert and seasoned leader in the area human resources and organizational behavior. She has a Green Belt-Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and received a Human Systems Dynamics Practitioners (HSDP) certification from the HSD Institute. Lata has also participated in management and negotiation programs at Harvard University and graduated from the L.E.A.P. (Leadership Education for Asian Professionals) program at UCLA.
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Lou Cimini
Vice President of Human Resources for the Americas
Samsonite Corporation
Lou Cimini is a human resource executive experienced in leading mid-size and large service and manufacturing organizations through growth and change. He is currently the Vice President of HR for The Americas for Samsonite Corporation in Mansfield, MA, which was named a Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe for 2013 & 2014. Prior to joining Samsonite Mr. Cimini was the SVP of Human Resources and Organizational Performance for The Holmes Group where he also served as Head Coach of a global SAP implementation that was completed in record time and led numerous process re-designs. He also managed union and non-union organizational elements of the move of US manufacturing to China. Previously Mr. Cimini spent nine years with Cendant Mobility, joining the organization when it was PHH as a Director of Human Resources.

A native of North Providence, RI, Mr. Cimini earned a BS in Business Management from Providence College. He earned a Certificate in Advanced Labor Management Relations and Negotiation from the University of Michigan, holds the Six Sigma Green Belt certification and a Process Master certificate from Hammer & Company.
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Lynn Cowart
Vice President – Quality Delivery
Career Systems International
Lynn has extensive experience working and consulting in senior-level human resource positions for industries including financial services, aerospace, food service, and utilities. She has facilitated executive coaching, change management and strategic staffing initiatives for mid and senior level executives as well as career transition programs, retention and engagement strategies.

As a consultant for Career Systems International, Lunn has led coaching programs and training events for an array of professional business clients. In addition, she has managed programs designed to instill culture changes within organizations.Lynn received her MBA from the University of Connecticut and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from SUNY at Buffalo, she is Lumina Learning certified, International Career Consultant certified as well as qualified in Myers Briggs.
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Jim Daly
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Affinion Group
In the position of EVP and CHRO for Affinion Group, Jim Daly is the primary architect of the Company's human capital plan and related strategies including driving cultural transformation, building leadership capability, and creating alignment with go-to-market strategy and organizational structure. He is responsible for ensuring these initiatives help drive the continued growth and competitiveness of Affinion Group’s businesses worldwide including its 3,500 employees in 20 countries, globally. To that end, Jim has established a global talent development framework including the launch of high-potential Ascending and Emerging Talent programs and a global leadership curriculum.

He has instituted highly effective talent review and succession planning processes that enable informed decisions on critical roles and incumbents. Jim brings a strong mix of Human Resources and general management experience to his role. He joined Affinion in February of 2012 having spent the prior 5 years as VP HR for Standard & Poor's.

Previously, he was a Co-Founding Principal in the investment firm, Caydal LLC and held various positions in HR and training and development for The News Corporation, Kraft, General Foods, and American Express. He has served on the boards of several start-up companies and is a current board member for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.
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Louise DiCocco
Counsel
Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Louise DiCocco is counsel with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. She advocates on behalf Connecticut businesses on topics ranging from state budget, taxes, and business law and liability.
CBIA is the state’s largest business organization with approximately 10,000 member companies. The association works to promote a healthy business climate, supporting economic growth, and job creation in the state.

Louise is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University where she teaches a course on lobbying and the legislative process. Prior to joining CBIA, DiCocco was the director of government affairs for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. In this position, she was solely responsible for engaging membership on legislative matters. In addition, she developed and implemented grassroots and public relations strategies to advance the public policy goals of the Chamber.

Louise earned her J.D. at the Quinnipiac College School of Law and also holds a B.A. in political science from Boston University.
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Michael Dimenstein
VP, System Compensation and Benefits
Yale New Haven Health System
Michael is the Vice President, System Compensation and Benefits at Yale New Haven Health System (YNHS), with responsibility for leading the design, planning, funding, and administration of a comprehensive array of employee salary and benefit programs as well as performance planning and management and the HR Service Center for Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Healthcare, Northeast Medical Group, Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation and the affiliated organizations. His role also includes oversight for the YNHHS self-insured, self-administered Workers’ Compensation program and its medical care plan, as well as the health system-wide living well employee health management and wellness program.

Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and is a board member and past president of the Connecticut Healthcare Human Resources Association. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission as well as the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Business Group on Health and has represented employers in the State of Connecticut Innovation Model Value-Based Insurance Design Consortium.
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Lynn Corwin
Senior Vice President, Director of Stra tegic Planning & Organizational Effectiveness
United Way of Rhode Island
Lynn J. Corwin is at United Way of Rhode Island. Lynn oversees all functions related to Strategic and Operational Planning, Human Resources including payroll and benefits administration, recruitment and retention including hiring, referring and accommodating individuals with disabilities and addressing the needs of all employees. During Lynn’s tenure, she has hired and worked with individuals from ORS (Office of Rehabilitation Services) as well as worked with multiple employees who needed reasonable accommodations. Lynn intentionally builds relationships with diverse community groups in an effort to increase awareness of job openings at her organization and other organizations which helps increase diversity of the workforce. Additionally, Lynn oversees regulatory compliance, performance management and professional development. She supports the work of United Way of Rhode Islands Compensation and Benefits Committee as well as its Board Governance and Nominating Committee.

Lynn is a graduate of Community College of Rhode Island and has received her Certificate in Human Resources from Bryant University. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the HR Certification Institute and SHRM-CP from the Society of Human Resource Professionals. She also serves as the Diversity Director for RI SHRM and is an Adjunct Professor in the Executive Development Center at Bryant University.
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Christina Danforth
Owner
HR Jetpack
Christina is an enthusiastic HR Trainer and Business Owner with over 12 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. She specializes in Learning and Development. She began a career with UTC in 2006 joining Carrier as a Leadership Rotational Program Associate moving across the country with assignments spanning from Labor Relations to Staffing. She placed off the program in Indianapolis as an HR Manager supporting over 250 employees. In 2010, Christina returned to CT as an HR Specialist.

In 2012, she took on a role at UTC Aerospace Systems as an HR process leader in Performance Management and Diversity and Inclusion. Christina transitioned into a project management position focused on change management. Recently, she launched her own training company called HR Jetpack providing online training for HR professionals by HR professionals.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds a SHRM SCP and SPHR as the Vice President and Co-Director of Professional Development at the HR Association of Central CT. Christina is also the Program Director on the board of the CT SHRM Council and teaches the SHRM Certification Exam Prep course at Central CT State University.
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Valerie Davis-Howard
President
Val Davis Consulting, Inc.
Valerie Davis-Howard is approaching three decades of organizational experience including internal and external consulting, line and staff positions within Fortune 100 companies, work with not -for-profit organizations, and experience with public-sector agencies. Valerie founded Val Davis Inc. in 2003 - a full service OD Consulting Firm specializing in Culture Change, Team Building, and Strategic Inclusion and Diversity.

Valerie's extensive career includes being an Owner and Vice President at one of the pioneering OD Firms in the country - The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. Prior to her work with KJCG, she was AVP in Organizational Development at Chase Manhattan Bank where she managed corporate diversity initiatives, work life events, and change management programs. As a Training Consultant for the State of Michigan, she managed competency development programs for staff and managers. Valerie is a highly-rated, frequent speaker at national conferences and has published articles on diversity and culture change. During her early consulting career, she was named one of the “New Guard” by the American Society for Training & Development (ATD formerly ASTD), an honor bestowed on a select group of professionals who exhibit passion for making a difference and achievements that take the field of training and development in new directions.Valerie earned her MBA from the University of Iowa and Bachelor's degree in Economics from Spelman College.
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Annette DeHaven
Director, Agency Operations – East
CKR Interactive
Annette DeHaven is Director, Agency Operations - East with CKR Interactive, a global employment marketing agency that brings together knowledge, experience and technology to help clients attract, engage and retain the best people. With over 20 years of employer branding experience, Annette has partnered with clients global to local in scale in a wide range of industries.
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Maura Dunn
VP, HR & Administration
General Dynamics - Electric Boat Division
Maura M. Dunn was named Vice President of Human Resources & Administration for Electric Boat in May 2014. She is responsible for Safety & Industrial Hygiene, Security & Administration, Labor Relations, Staffing & Site Administration, Salary Administration & Employee Relations, Benefits, and Training. Prior to leading HR for Electric Boat, Maura was Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Previously, she was with KBR/Halliburton, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Infrastructure Americas business unit and Vice President of Global Strategy & Marketing for the Operations and Maintenance business unit. Maura earned her B.A. in Political Science from University of Richmond and MBA in Business Administration from Averett University.

With the U.S. government’s renewed commitment to build a stronger Navy, under Maura’s leadership, Electric Boat’s HR and Administration functions have provided valued support to recent process and cost effectiveness initiatives and is focused on employing and retaining in excess of 14,000 new employees in both CT and RI during the next 12 years, legacy knowledge transfer, rapidly developing its management ranks, and building succession for a sustainable future amidst significant retirement projections.
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Jamie Eden
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications
Boehringer Ingelheim, USA, Inc

Jamie Eden joined Boehringer Ingelheim in August, 2008 and is currently Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Communications for the U.S. He is a member of the BI US Corporate Management Committee, US Human Pharmaceuticals Leadership Team, The Board of Directors for the BI Cares Foundation, BI Political Action Committee, and the Global Human Resources Committee.

Prior to this role, Jamie served as Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for BIs U.S. operations. Jamie has over 20 years of Human Resources experience in progressively responsible positions including most recently with Swift Transportation, where he was Director of HR, responsible for leading the Human Resources function for all operations and corporate functions.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Kings College London.

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Nicole Feeney
Director of Assistive Technology Services
New England Assistive Technology (NEAT),
Nicole delivers demonstrations and training on the continuum of assistive technology devices and services to families, educators, therapists, clinicians, and professionals; including presentations at local and national technology conferences to promote community awareness. She also provides AT consultations and evaluations to individuals with disabilities of all ages. Nicole has spent many years teaching students with special needs in the classroom as well as helped them to develop and improve their skills through the use of assistive technology. She has provided ongoing support, mentoring, and guidance to her students while promoting innovative approaches for their employment, independent living and community needs.

Nicole has a Master's Degree in Assistive Technology from Southern CT State University which has also allowed her to provide professional development and assistance to educators in K–12 settings.
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Grace Figueredo
Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Aetna
Grace Figueredo joined Aetna in late 2012 as Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion officer, in a dual reporting relationship to the Chairman and CEO and the executive vice president of Human Resources. In 2014, her role was expanded to include Workplace Culture. In this capacity Grace is accountable for shaping Aetna’s culture to align with the company’s transformation efforts, as the company's operating model shifts to meet the business demands of the future. Grace also leads Aetna’s global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, ensuring it aligns with the company’s values, brand, culture, business strategy, and growth objectives. From a talent perspective, Grace is also responsible for the development and execution of cutting-edge strategies that position Aetna’s workforce for a competitive advantage to drive innovation,growth, and marketplace value.

Grace has been recognized as one of Hispanic Business Journal's Top 100 Executives, and by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 100 Chief Diversity Officers. Figueredo was also recognized with a Visionary Award by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hartford, Connecticut, and inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders in New York City. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of TheaterWorks in Hartford. Grace joined Aetna from The Hartford, where she was vice president of Workforce Engagement and Inclusion. She holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford and a Bachelor of Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.
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Claudio Fiorani
Co-founder
nPlusOne
Co-founder of nPlusOne, Claudio has spent his professional life mastering the complexities and intricacies of business analysis and project management. He regularly partners with nPlusOne’s clients to conceptualize, devise and implement operational management solutions that take advantage of his analytical skills. Claudio challenges his clients by bringing a procedural approach to traditionally unstructured business practices and internal processes; while being a stickler for ROI and a strong believer of measurable outcomes. Prior to joining nPlusOne, Claudio managed marketing programs for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Claudio’s work at Deloitte has been the inspiration for nPlusOne’s culture and work philosophy as well as the catalyst for its unique approach. He leads nPlusOne to be a data-driven, tangible results-oriented organization
that constantly puts the needs of the client company above those of any individual within the organization. Claudio has spoken to great acclaim at such auspicious organizations as Connecticut Business & Industry Association, IMA, Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut, Human Resource Leadership Association, Northwest Society for Human Resource Management, FabTech, and the Staffing Management Association.
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Brian Flaherty
Senior VP , Public Policy
Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Brian Flaherty is senior vice president, public policy of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s leading business organization working to promote a healthy business climate, supporting economic growth and job creation in the Connecticut. In leading CBIA’s public policy division, Flaherty is responsible for the association’s government affairs, grassroots, research, and communications operations. Before joining CBIA in 2015, Flaherty was vice president for public policy and external affairs at Nestlé Waters North America, a division of Nestlé, Inc., where he oversaw the company's s government relations, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement activities.

Prior to joining Nestlé, Brian was an eight-term member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing Watertown, Middlebury, and Woodbury. He served five of those terms as Deputy House Minority Leader. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in politics with a minor in communications from Fairfield University.
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Beth Frechette
Head of Global Learning & Development
United Technologies
Beth Frechette is Head of Global Learning & Development at United Technologies, a position she has held since August of 2014. Beth is a human resources executive with expertise in directing organizational strategies for senior teams, start-up initiatives and human resource specialties in global manufacturing, financial services and healthcare organizations. Ms. Frechette is a solution oriented builder of healthy and productive corporate cultures and strong talent bench strength, ultimately producing a positive impact on the bottom line. She has also enjoyed leadership roles at Pratt & Whitney, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CIGNA, and The Hartford. She holds a BA from Connecticut College, an MS from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and an MA in Adult Learning from The University of Connecticut.
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Laura Freebairn-Smith
Principal
Organizational Performance Group
Laura Freebairn-Smith has been a consultant for such distinguished companies as the New York Times, Save the Children, and People’s Bank. Her specialty is assisting leaders in realizing the full potential of their organizations through humanistic and analytical practices, while offering guidance in the redesign of infrastructure, the creation of strategic plans, and with organizational development. As a 2016 SHRM TriState CHRO Track presenter, Laura earned top ratings and is invited back due to unanimous request.

Laura currently teaches leadership at Yale's Drama School and diversity and team building in the Executive MBA program at Yale's School of Management. Previously, she helped create and served as Director of Yale's Organizational Development and Learning Center.

Laura earned her BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy and Political Science), MBA from the Yale School of Management and Doctorate in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Institute. She has published articles and chapters on organizational development topics, most recently on the issue of stereotyping in the workplace and has received several leadership awards.
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Rondi Frey
Director, Employee and Leadership Development
Western Connecticut Health Network
Rondi has devoted more than 20 years of her career focusing on organization and senior talent development. She is responsible for integration of WCHN's acquisitions and affiliates to create a collaborative and high performance culture. Additionally, for enterprise organization development, Rondi has recently designed and is currently implementing a new performance management system for WCHN. Previously, while with Norwalk Hospital, Rondi was accountable for implementing their Workplace of Choice strategic plan, including oversight of employee engagement, performance management, 360 assessments, leadership and professional development, team building, and coaching. Prior to Norwalk Hospital, Rondi led learning and development efforts at American Express Travel-Related Services, Mercedes Benz Credit Corporation, Oxford/UnitedHealthcare, Peoples Bank, and UNUM/Provident. Rondi earned her B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University and studies in Organization Development and serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Sacred Heart and Fairfield universities in Connecticut.

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Kathleen Gioffre
Vice President, Global Head of Talent Acquisition
Aetna
Kathleen is currently the Vice President, Global Head of Talent Acquisition for AETNA. She has transformed and built out the Talent Acquisition function, ensuring support and alignment to Aetna’s overall business strategy. Kathleen has improved overall quality of hires, while ensuring an optimal candidate experience to help drive Aetna’s transformation from a Health Insurance to a Healthcare/Wellness company. Kathleen manages a team of over 100 individuals, with a focus to drive the growth of the company by hiring over 10,000 employees annually. Her development of an integrated recruiting strategy, enhanced the focus of identifying and hiring top talent pools of women, people of color, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. This strategy resulted in an increase of 130% of our Veteran hires and over 300% in Individuals with Disabilities hires.

Prior to joining AETNA, Kathleen held various other roles, which included: Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Gartner, Americas Head of Talent Acquisition at UBS Investment Bank and Head of Talent Development and recruiting at Deloitte Consulting. Kathleen lives in Wilton, Ct. She enjoys spending time with her three children and loves to travel and cook.
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Eric Gjede
Counsel
Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Eric Gjede is counsel with CBIA, Connecticut’s leading business organization. He represents the views of Connecticut businesses on labor, employment, and transportation issues.He also directs CBIA’s Labor and Employment Law Council. Prior to CBIA, Gjede was an associate legislative attorney with the Legislative Commissioners’ Office, the nonpartisan legal office of the Connecticut General Assembly. In that position, he provided legal counsel to the members of the General Assembly’s committees on Commerce and Labor and Public Employees. He also drafted all the legislation and amendments considered by those committees.

Eric earned his J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law and also holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut
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Preston Handler
Associate Partner, Compensation
Aon
Preston Handler is an Associate Partner in the Talent, Rewards, and Performance Practice for Aon Hewitt, located in Connecticut where he manages Aon Hewitt's Broad-Based Compensation practice. He has
designed and implemented employee compensation programs for companies of all sizes and industries for over 20 years. Preston has deep expertise in compensation strategy, job analysis and evaluation, salary and
incentive program design, performance-based pay delivery, and career development and is one of Aon Hewitt’s leading authorities on leveling structures.

Preston is a frequent speaker at Rewards conferences, including SHRM, WorldatWork, and Aon Hewitt’s annual Salary Planning Briefings.Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, he worked for IBM Corporation as a Senior Business Analyst. He received a bachelors degree from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
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Fred Hencke
Business Transformational Leader, Principal and COO
Conduent
Fred is responsible for business and client relationship evelopment, designing approaches and solutions to meet clients where they are on their transformation journey and addressing their short and long term needs, and managing large projects and growth, workforce planning, and financial analysis for the Global Management Consulting organization within Conduent. Fred has more than 35 years of experience in management and HR consulting, contingent labor procurement and managed service provider solution design, global business process outsourcing and shared services (HR, Benefits, Payroll, F&A, Procurement, and IT), program management, and information technology. He has many accomplishments, including leadership, management and design of HR Transformation projects focused on maximizing the synergies of a recent client acquisition, providing oversight for the selection and implementation of several Cloud based solutions, and has architected more than 200 large outsourcing and shared services solutions. Before joining Buck, he was a VP, Global Solution Architect for three prominent Business Process Outsourcing and Management Consulting firms.
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Laura Hendry
Human Resources Strategic Leader
Laura Vuolo Hendry is a hands-on, versatile Human Resources Strategic Leader with deep experience in talent management, organizational development, leadership development, and continuous improvement. She is recognized for managing multi-site human resources teams, creating trusted business partnerships, spearheading initiatives, and designing strategies to support organizational goals. Laura particularly enjoys integrating diverse businesses and has a proven track record for successful integration of best practices to exceed performance outcomes and increase revenue targets. Laura spent over 15 years in the aerospace manufacturing and power generation industries at companies such as United Technologies and Alstom Power.

Laura graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in History from University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in History from DePaul University in Chicago.
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Stuart Herskowitz
Senior Vice President, Client Relations
Hooker & Holcombe Investment Advisory Group
Stuart is experienced in many facets of the retirement planning process. As the head of client relations, he sources, coordinates and transitions new clients, ensuring their satisfaction. He actively consults with both public and private sector employers on a range of institutional retirement plan issues. As a partner of the firm, he plays a leading role in strategic planning and client relations. Stuart joined the firm in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience in retirement planning. Prior to joining the firm, he was vice president, practice leader with Professional Pensions, Inc. Stuart’s specialties include working with tax exempt and private sector employers to identify challenges and help them achieve their financial goals. As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®),Stuart also consults with clients to review and assess their fiduciary processes and practices.

Stuart has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from William Paterson University. He also holds Series 6, 26 and 65 securities licenses. Stuart is a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).
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Karen Hinds
Founder and CEO
Workplace Success Group
Karen Hinds is an author and the Founder and CEO of Workplace Success Group, a boutique strategic talent development firm that works with organizations to cultivate and retain the next generation of leaders. Her business books include A Young Adult's Guide to the Global Workplace; Get Along, Get Ahead: 101 Courtesies for the New Workplace; and Networking for a Better Position & More Profit. Her company has worked with clients such as AmeriHealth Caritas, Turner Construction, Hamilton Sunstrand, Travelers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Caribbean Tourism Organization, and Harvard Business School Executive Education, to name a few. Karen is also a visiting professor for the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University, and a frequent guest on Radio, TV and Podcasts. She is a former board member of the Connecticut chapter of The World Affairs Council and current Vice President for The Community Foundation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Originally from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Karen hosted a global women’s leadership conference in St. Vincent for three years. It was an opportunity to share her expertise with women from around the world and at the same time showcase the beauty and culture of her island.
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Brennan Hinkle
Head of HR corporate Compensation and HR M&A
Aetna
Brennan leads Aetna’s HR corporate compensation and HR M&A functions, which includes strategic responsibilities for global compensation design and administration of base pay, short-term and long-term incentive programs that support the company’s economic and workforce planning strategies. Other responsibilities and prior experiences include financial benefits and education, participation in both sides of merger and acquisition due diligence and integration, proxy and CD&A development as well as management representation at both Board of Director’s Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee meetings. Brennan has been with Aetna since 1995. His background prior to Aetna includes experience in a variety of corporate and divisional compensation positions at Travelers Insurance Company/CitiGroup, Aetna Financial Services/ING and Putnam Investments.

Brennan holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Lehigh University.
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Catherine Iste
CEO
Humint Advisors, Inc
Catherine Iste is CEO of Humint Advisors, Inc. Since 2010, Catherine has helped facilitate restructures, conducted terminations, provided executive coaching, built strong HR infrastructures and in general helped remove distractions for CEOs and Boards so that they can lead their organizations more efficiently and effectively. As a licensed private investigator, Catherine also has a rare combination of HR experience and appropriate credentials to conduct independent third party workplace investigations.

Before opening Humint, Catherine was an HR executive for ten years. During that time, she specialized in helping organizations undergoing external investigations, restructures and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her civilian career, Catherine served as an Arabic linguist and electronic warfare specialist for the US Army. She has her SHRM-SCP, SPRH and PHRca; degrees in philosophy and psychology; and an MBA with a finance focus. Catherine is an also an experienced author and executive advisor. She founded betterHR.org, a website providing HR resources for small and micro businesses and writes extensively on leadership, women in business, HR and ethics. Her articles appear weekly in professional publications across the country. She is an experienced presenter and trainer and is currently on staff at the UCSD Extension as an instructor
in Business Ethics.
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Corey Jamison
President & CEO
Corey Jamison Consulting and XperienceU Training and Leadership Development,
Corey Jamison brings more than 25 years of experience partnering with executives and teams around the globe to drive dramatic, sustainable organizational transformation. She has worked with leaders at all levels of some of the largest brands, and offers a level of experience, acumen, partnership and courage that inspires leaders and teams toward the hard work of taking it to the next level.

Corey is a world class facilitator who can turn even the most challenging teams toward shared accountability and new levels of productivity. She is a dynamic and sought-after speaker and appears frequently at professional conferences and seminars. In addition, Corey has been interviewed and quoted by National Public Radio (NPR), Good Morning America and The New York Times. Corey received her Bachelor's degree from Vassar College in New York and her Master's degree in education from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Walden University.
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John Kubilus
Managing Director
KCS Partners
John Kubilus has over 25 years experience as a Human Resources and Administrative executive leading organizational change. Mr. Kubilus has driven organizational results through partnering with business leaders implementing processes such as strategic planning, performance management, compensation strategies, staffing and leadership development. John has extensive lead negotiation and labor strategy experience that includes Teamsters, United Steelworkers, and IBEW & NCF&O Unions. Mr. Kubilus has held Senior Human Resources & Administrative positions with General Electric, American Home Products (Wyeth), Dianon Systems (LabCorp), Sappi Fine Paper, Textron, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and The Hartz Mountain
Corporation.

At GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, he was responsible for Human Resources Global IT and the Wallingford CT site manufacturing facility that was recognized as the lowest cost domestic manufacturer in General Electric. This was largely achieved through lean six sigma initiatives utilizing self directed work team and workout methodologies.

John holds a B.S degree in Business Administration from Southern CT State University in New Haven Connecticut. He holds a certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mr. Kubilus is a Six Sigma Certified Green Belt. He has served on the Board of Directors forC onnecticut United for Research Excellence, CT Industry Cluster Advisory Board and Board of Governors for CONNSTEP.
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Rich Kuepper
Founder and President
L.E.A.D. USA, LLC
Richard has spent the last 20 years delivering dynamic programs to organizations in North America, Asia and Europe. Richs ability to design high-impact, customized programs for organizations has him highly sought as a consultant, speaker, and coach in the areas of leadership development, team building, innovation and strategic planning. Rich produces immediate results through his unique combination of dynamic presentation skills, expertise, contagious energy, and interactive approach. Some of L.E.A.D.s clients include GE, Citi Bank, DHL, eBay, PayPal, LinkedIn, Pfizer, Gartner, Fidelity Investments, STIHL, Citizens Bank, Yale University, Praxair, and United Way of Silicon Valley.

Prior to founding L.E.A.D., Rich facilitated a decade of global personal learning and development forums, as well as having an extensive background in engineering and sales for Phillips and Pitney Bowes Corporation. Committed to professional development and volunteer leadership, Rich is an active member of ATD Southern Connecticut Chapter, as well as a member of ATD National, SHRM Southern CT Chapter, National Speakers Association, Bay Area Executive Development Network and the Connecticut Experiential Education Association’s Challenge Course Professionals.
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Susan Lesser
Co-founder
nPlusOne
Co-founder of nPlusOne, Susan uses her business acumen and background in counseling to provide a distinctive level of guidance to her clients; one that improves their financial results by focusing on employees and the processes that align them to the company culture. With 25+ years in education and approximately 15 years as a consultant, Susan’s accomplishments include: being the first female consultant at the UCONN
Family Business Center, promotion of 45% of leadership trainees within 1 year of participation, selection as the sole consultant on CBIA Manufacturing Summit’s Best Practices Panel. Her writing and ideas have been seen nationally in publications such as: Metal Forming Magazine, Consulting Magazine, T+D Magazine, Family Business Mag, Hartford Business Journal and TLNT.com.

Susan's presentations have been heard at organizations including: CBIA, CONNStep Annual Conference, Small Manufacturer's Association, National Tooling & Machining Association, The ESOP Association and the
Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. Presently, Susan sits on the Program Committee for both the New Haven Manufacturer’s Association and the Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut.
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Patrick Mahon
President
Mullen and Mahon, Inc.
In 1992, Patrick began volunteering as a Johnson Memorial Hospital Board leader, becoming Member, Executive Board of Trustees in 2003, Vice Chair in 2010 and Board Chair in 2013. During his Board leadership, Patrick has overseen the Hospital's emergence from bankruptcy in 2010, changes in leadership in 2007, 2010 and 2013, affiliation with Saint Francis Care in 2012 and acquisition by Trinity Health- New England in 2016. In addition, Patrick has served on numerous Board committees, including, but not limited to, Finance, Governance and Nominating, Mission, Philanthropy, and Quality.

At the same time, Patrick is a Principal and President of Mullen and Mahon, an independent insurance agency, as well as Member of the State of CT Insurance and Risk Management Board and Chair of its Claims Committee. Previously, he served as Past President and Past Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut, President of the Somers Lions Club, Member of the Somers CT Economic Development Committee, Director of World Affairs Council of Western MA, and Director, North Central CT United Way. Patrick earned his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, completed MBA curricula at Rensselear Hartford Graduate Center, and certifications as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter [CPCU] and Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding [AFSB].
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Todd Manas
Managing Director, Executive Compensation
Willis Towers Watson
Todd Manas is a Managing Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Talent & Reward Segment; he has over 30 years of combined compensation consulting, human resources practitioner and line management experience.
An instructor in WorldatWork’s variable pay curriculum, and an advisor to Boards of Directors and management on performance-based pay, his experiences have been focused on using performance measurement to align pay and performance. Todd is a recognized expert in performance-based pay and the application of performance management systems in the differentiation of compensation. He is a regular speaker and author.Todd is a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve (RET) and a graduate of Michigan State University.
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Bradley McDougall
Vice President, Government Affairs
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
Brad leads the taxation and employment law public policy practice for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). A former Congressional aide, he advises senior executives on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues such as intellectual property and trade secrets, regulatory reform, the state budget and economic development.
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Caroline McGoldrick
Senior Vice President and CT Health & Benefits Consulting Practice Leader
Aon
As a Senior Vice President and Local Practice Leader (LPL) for Aon's CT Health and Benefits Practice, Caroline is responsible for the growth and profitability of the CT office including insuring client satisfaction, growth, retention and service delivery. Caroline partners with employers of all sizes to ensure their employee benefits programs integrate with HR strategies and overall business objectives. Helping clients develop cost effective plan designs, evaluate funding alternatives, select appropriate vendors, and develop guiding principles that will guide long and short term strategic goals. Caroline has experience working with a range of industries with a focus in group purchasing negotiations including private equity clients and their portfolio companies.
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Molly Millis
Senior Client Strategist
CKR Interactive
Molly Millis joined CKR in March 2016 with more than 15 years of experience in consumer advertising. Molly started her career as a copywriter for clients including Disney Resorts, Argosys Casinos and several financial institutions. She soon moved to account service, specializing in retail with integrated agency work for J.M. Smucker Company and Dunkin Donuts. Molly has shifted her focus to recruitment advertising and now handles some of CKR's largest and most complex accounts, bringing a high level of strategy, proactive account management and results-oriented campaign planning and executions.
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Laura Minegar
Human Resources Director
Comcast NBC Universal
During the course of her career, Laura has held progressive HR leadership positions, encompassing Generalist roles, HR Analytics, Talent Management and Compensation/Benefits/HRIS. In her current position she is responsible for oversight of HR Strategic Initiatives, including Change Acceleration strategies. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Haven, and is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. In addition, she is a Prosci-certified Change Management Professional.
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Kathy Molloy
Organization Design and Development Practice Leader
The Human Resource Consortium, LLC
Kathy Molloy consults to leaders in a range of industries, helping them develop businesses and non-profits that thrive and sustain themselves in the global economy. An anthropologist with extensive business experience, Kathy brings a unique perspective to organization design, culture change, globalization, performance, and executive coaching and development. Her strength lies in helping clients make strategic, cultural, leadership, and structural shifts to support new socio-economic demands. Kathy's clients range from Fortune 100 manufacturing and financial services corporations, to start-up businesses and new ventures, top consulting firms, technology firms and non-profits.

Prior to consulting with Changeworks Int'l and The Human Resource Consortium, Kathy led corporate and line of business strategic HR initiatives at Aetna Life and Casualty including succession planning, organization design, performance management, and business planning. She began her career as a Management Consultant for Social Development Corporation, where she did organization development consulting both for profit and for non-profit organizations, including North American Indian tribes.

Kathy received her B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. in Social-Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. She is certified in a number of organizational, leadership and cross-cultural methodologies.
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Jaime Moss
Vice President, HR Technology & Services
Peoples United Bank
Jaime is responsible for HR service center transformation, portal, HR analytics, and reporting for 5,500 employees at Peoples United Bank, headquartered in Bridgeport, CT. Previously, in increasingly responsible and diverse leadership roles at People’s Bank, Jaime worked in recruiting, project management, employee benefits management, and operational risk management. Her broad background and experience allow a unique perspective that has lent itself to successful implementation of HR Technology and related change management. Particular achievements include needs analysis, HR process design, selection and management of technology vendors, and managing HR technology implementation with enterprise-wide roll-outs.

Jaime earned her BA in Government and Comparative Politics and MS in Professional Communications from Clark University.
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Bridget O'Brien
Consultant
TayganPoint Consulting Group
Bridget has more than 20 years of experience that spans major industries, including Pharmaceutical and Financial Services. Her areas of expertise include organizational development, change management, strategy formulation and implementation, leadership coaching, learning and development, employee engagement, qualitative social science research, and group and team dynamics. She is accomplished in leading major
change initiatives with a focus on both the bottom line and employee engagement. Bridget is a compassionate leader with diverse and extensive experience partnering with clients to create value and deliver results.

Bridget is also an adjunct faculty member in the Organization Development and Leadership Master’s Degree program at Saint Joseph’s University and has taught a variety of courses in including Performance Consulting, Group and Team Dynamics and Research Design and Evaluation. Some of her work on Team Dynamics has been published in the Pfeiffer Annual. Bridget holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding
Graduate University and has an MS in Organizational Psychology from St. Joseph’s University.
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Anthony Panos
Principal
Organization Performance Group
Tony Panos specializes in executive and team coaching and training. He teaches, consults, and facilitates group meetings to improve organizational culture and streamline operations. Tony has worked in both U.S. and international companies such as Foster Wheeler UK, Inttra, PRNewswire, and other multinational organizations as both instructor and coach. He also works with several education institutions including Penn State, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Yale University. Tony helps transform these institutions through his teaching and coaching and has coached 100s of physicians, corporate managers, and executives.

Tony's management consulting, hands-on experience, and strong training background have helped hundreds of clients create more effective and profitable organizations. Most recently, Tony served as Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations Extension Division as Statewide Director of Management Programs which served over 10,000 staff and executives each year from over 1,000 organizations in six programmatic areas of Management Development, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity Studies, Legal Programs, and Diversity. Prior to Cornell, Tony designed and ran training programs in England and Europe for Synergetics and spent over 10 years at Burger King Corporation in multiple roles each of which he had direct operational and bottom line responsibility, including Director of Training for New England and Franchise District Manager for the State of New Jersey. Tony earned his MBA and BS from Adelphi University.
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Kathryn Pizzi
Managing Director
Hooker & Holcombe Investment Advisory Group
Kate is managing director with the Hooker & Holcombe investment advisory group. She is responsible for client relationship management for institutional clients and oversees the private wealth management line of business. In addition to her client and management responsibilities, Kate is involved in the sales and research areas of the firm. She has more than 16 years of experience serving the actuarial and investment advisory needs of both public and private clients, with the past eight years focused on investment-grade fixed income investing. Kate’s breadth of experience in both actuarial and investment advisory services offers a unique perspective for her clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Kate was with Prime Advisors, Inc. serving most recently as senior investment strategist and fixed income portfolio manager, where she managed over $2 billion in investment-grade fixed income assets.

Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in mathematics and economics from Boston University and she is a credentialed Actuary. Kate is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She is also chairman of the Board of Directors and a committee chair at the South Windsor Child Development Center.
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Gavin Pommernelle
Founder
Talent Driven Value
Gavin Pommernelle is the founder of Talent Driven Value LLC, an international human resource consultancy focusing on Strategic HR Solutions and Executive Coaching. With 20 years of global leadership and human resources experience across multiple industries, Gavin brings a unique, culturally informed perspective having developed talent solutions in over 60 markets in both line and human resources roles. His consulting work leverages highly effective discovery methods to determine critical business needs and appropriate solutions. Impacts of his work include developing a leadership team that added 70% value to the business in 2 years, increasing employee engagement scores by more than 15 index points, and elevating satisfaction scores for HR partnership and services by 80%.

Prior to consulting, Gavin was CHRO at Synovate, a London based global market research business and Harte Hanks Inc. Earlier in his career he led the HR function for Pentl and Brands PLC in London and Hong Kong after successfully completing quality and sales roles in his native South Africa.Gavin earned his MBA from Heriot Watt University and completed programs at Ashridge University (Leading Strategy & Change), Cranfield University (Advanced Project Management), and certification with the International Coach Federation. Currently, he volunteers on the Boards of VolunteerSquare.com and ATD Southern Connecticut.
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Andrew Prescott
Attorney
Nixon Peabody, LLC
Andrew Prescott represents private and public sector employers in diverse labor, wage and hour and discrimination matters. His labor practice includes unfair labor practice charge hearings, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. He represents employers nationally and in various industries, including gas transmission and energy, transportation, manufacturing and health care. He has advised foreign employers on compliance with United States employment and labor law. He has defended employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. He has handled cases before the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, state courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and federal court in Rhode Island. He also educates and trains managers and other employees on a variety of subjects, including sexual and other forms of harassment and best management practices, to help minimize exposure to employment liability. He regularly advises human resource and executive personnel on best practices to stay ahead of changes in the law and to remain in full compliance.
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Sarah Rawes
Consultant
TayganPoint Consulting Group
Sarah is an Organizational Development consultant, leader, facilitator and change agent driven by the simple belief that organizations can change the world. With experience across multiple industries in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector, Sarah brings depth in Change Management, Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate & Social Responsibility and Strategy Development. Driven by a passion for social justice, Sarah has held a variety of roles within Human Resources and Organizational Development at major tech companies, pharmaceuticals, retailers and healthcare systems and has led major transformational programs related to Culture, Inclusion, Technical Operations and Corporate & Social Responsibility.

Sarah holds a B.S. In Labor Industrial Relations from Pennsylvania State University and an M, Ed. in Organizational Development from Temple University. She sits on the Board of the Dream Program, a village mentorship program building relationships between college students and children of low-income housing in Philadelphia. She is certified in a variety of Diversity & Inclusion, Change Management and Coaching methodologies.
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Colleen Reilly
Vice President
Total Well-Being, a Telligen Company
Colleen Reilly is the Vice President of Total Well-Being at Telligen. Prior to this, she founded Total Well-Being, the nations leading provider of Performance-based Corporate Wellness in 2008. During this tenure she had clients such as Chelsea Groton Bank, Chipotle Mexican Grill, State of Arizona and Keurig Green Mountain, to name a few.

In 2005, she was the Director of Wellness & Benefits at Nelnet, where she was responsible for increasing employee engagement and managing healthcare costs, resulting in a 20% decrease in under 2 years. Before Nelnet, Ms. Reilly worked for the Mayo Clinic as a strategic health management consultant helping their Fortune 500 clients design and formulate effective integration, incentive and promotion strategies. She started her career with over 7 years with Coors Brewing Company running their Health & Productivity department. She has a double Masters in Business Administration and Sports and Wellness Management from the University of Denver.
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Brent Robertson
Partner
Future Design
Brent Robertson is a partner at Fathom, a Future Design firm located in West Hartford, CT. Working with leadership teams at some of the region's most valuable organizations, including Kaman Corporation, BlumShapiro, Barnes Group, and Foodshare, Brent champions an approach to strategic planning, employee engagement, leadership succession, and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships.

In addition to his client work, Brent is an advocate for the maker culture and is engaged with the Advanced Manufacturing, Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries and the organizations that support them. He serves as a board member and strategic advisor to organizations such as the Construction Institute, SMPS, and the New Haven Manufacturers Association. With a bias toward provoking new ways of seeing the world, Brent speaks at events around the country and is regularly published in regional and national publications. He is frequently invited to lecture on the topic of leadership at local colleges, and uses his recent personal transformation experience —going from overweight and out of shape middle-ager to ultra-distnce trail and road marathoner in under three years—as a place from which to mentor others through personal and professional change.
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Stuart Rosenberg
President
Johnson Memorial Medical Center
Stu Rosenberg spent over 26 years in HR, HR leadership, and operations leadership roles before his recent promotion to President of Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, Johnson Health Care, and Home & Community Health Services, all members of the Trinity Health-New England Regional Health Ministry.

Stu began his career with the VA Healthcare System and has been with the Saint Francis Care system since 1987 where he served as Assistant Director and Director of HR, Director of Operations - Collins Medical Management, Inc., VP of HR and Administrative Services for Bristol Hospital, and then SVP, HR and COO at Bristol Hospital. More recently, he was the Executive Director of the North Campus of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and was also responsible for Saint Francis Care Corporate Benefits and Employee and Labor Relations at the North Campus.

Stu earned his B.S. in Business Administration and M.B.A., Hospital and Business Administration from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.
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Nick Scobbo
CaseSmart Operations Leader
Littler Mendelson
In addition to his expertise in competitive corporate strategies and as a C-Suite executive, Nick has experience in operations, strategic planning, HR operations, human capital program design, workforce planning and the development of HR service delivery models. He has earned a successful track record of integrating and applying core HR concepts with financial acumen and competitive strategy to successfully address challenging business problems and situations.

Prior to Littler Mendelson, he founded Scobbo Consulting Group; was a Director at Huron Consulting Group where he focused on HR management within higher education; SVP of HR Shared Services at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where he developed and led the compensation, payroll, benefits, HRIT, HR vendor management, and HR service center functions; Senior Associate at Mercer HR Consulting in the Human Capital practice where he led projects including HR operating model redesign, labor economic analysis, talent management, compensation design, and HR system vendor selection.

Nick earned his MBA from Washington University with concentrations in Finance and Strategy, MS in Electronic Commerce from Boston University, and BS from Boston College with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources Management.
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Brian Silva
Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration
Fresenius Medical Care
Brian is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration at Fresenius Medical Care. He also is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resources Management where he led pivotal initiatives. Prior to Fresenius, Brian was Chief Human Resources Officer at Gentiva Health Services as well as Chief Human Resources Officer and Corporate Secretary for Linens N Things, a $3 Billion, 18,000-employee international home furnishings retailer with over 540 locations. He also had P&L responsibility for the company’s global e-commerce business. Prior to Linens N Things, Brian was AVP, Human Resources, at The Guardian Insurance Company and started his HR career at Allstate Insurance.

Brian received his MA degree from Columbia University in Organization Psychology and also holds a MS degree in Human Resources Management from New York Institute of Technology.
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Peggy Strange
Attorney, Principal and National Client Practice Leader
Jackson Lewis
Margaret (Peggy) J. Strange is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C., as well as the firm͛s National Client Practice Leader. With an active litigation practice that covers the spectrum of employment litigation, including state and federal claims, her experience includes both suits by private parties and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has handled cases involving claims of race, age, disability, and sex discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wage and hour. Peggy also conducts extensive management training on a variety of topics, including harassment prevention, workplace privacy, effective management, and equal employment opportunity law. Using role playing and recent case law, she develops management training programs tailored to the client's needs.

Peggy earned her J.D., cum laude, at Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Curry College. She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America, one of the Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Connecticut by the National Diversity Council, and a Connecticut Super Lawyer.
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Kelly Sullivan
Director of Organizational Development
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE)
Kelly has been a part of the Mohegan family for 6 years, holding roles in Career and Leadership Development, Organizational Development, and Corporate Human Resources. In her current role, Kelly is responsible for ensuring continuity of the Mohegan’s renowned organizational culture for all owned and managed properties, both domestically and internationally as well as the HR strategy. Her key areas of responsibility include Recruitment, Licensing, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations, Training and Organizational Development, and Guest and Team Member Experience.

Kelly holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Sacred Heart University and SPHR certification.
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Don Trella
Director of Employee & Guest Experience
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE)
Don has been the Director of Employee and Guest Experience at Mohegan Sun for 15 years where he has had held roles of increasing responsibility within HR including Director of Employment, Licensing and Indian Preference and Director of Employee Relations, Communications and Training. In his current role, Don is responsible for creating a special environment and culture for the Team Members of Mohegan Sun that keeps them engaged and helps them deliver unmatched guest service … “Every Guest….Every Time.” Don has played a key role in the success that Mohegan Sun is currently experiencing. In almost every metric that a business typically utilizes to define success, Mohegan Sun is now enjoying numbers that haven’t been seen in quite some time due to the economy and increased competition in surrounding states. Those numbers include improved market share, margins, EBITDA, Guest Service scores, and Team Member satisfaction scores.

Prior to Mohegan Sun, Don has enjoyed a distinguished career in Human Resources including positions as VP HR for Shop Rite Supermarkets in Florida New York and Director of HR for Big Y Supermarkets in Springfield Massachusetts. Don earned his BS Degree in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University and a MS Degree in Instructional Technology and Design from Southern Connecticut State University.
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Jim Utterback
Managing Partner
Healthcare Services and Technology at Horton International Search
As Managing Director of Horton International’s Healthcare Services and Technology practice, Jim Utterback has a 30 year career in operating role as CEO, Board Member and Chair, Strategic Advisor, as well as CHRO and HR professional he has proven leadership experience in healthcare technology, pharmaceuticals, contract research organizations (CROs), hospitals, and private equity. Currently, Jim is a Board Advisor for a European-based global healthcare services company and strategy and fundraising advisor to a genomics startup in Florida. In addition to his search and advisory roles, Jim volunteers at a number of charitable healthcare organizations in New England and is a frequent speaker/ panel participant at industry associations including CHIME and DIA.

Jim began his career in GE Medical Systems' general management program and later became a corporate officer within publicly traded Covance (formerly Corning Life Sciences) and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals (now Sanofi). He has lived and worked in the US, EU, Africa and India and has run NYSE-traded as well as startup organizations. As a full-spectrum management consultant he has
completed numerous executive search assignments, acquired and merged companies, built leadership teams, and transitioned cultures.

Jim earned his MS with high honors in Industrial Psychology from Virginia Tech and Bachelors in Business Administration with honors in Psychology and Economics from Washington and Lee University.
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Richard Vitarelli
Principal
Jackson Lewis
Richard F. Vitarelli is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has over two decades of experience representing employers across a broad spectrum of industries in labor relations, collective bargaining, and union organizing matters as well as the employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and contract administration. Mr. Vitarelli regularly represents and defends employers before state and federal Departments of Labor and labor relations and fair employment practices agencies, as well as the National Labor Relations Board, the National Mediation Board, state labor relations agencies, and in labor arbitration. His labor relations practice includes representation of employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.

Mr. Vitarelli is a frequent speaker on labor relations and employment law, including on matters involving distressed entities, collective bargaining, union organizing, labor law and employee benefits, including multi-employer benefits and pension withdrawal liability. He currently serves as a managing author of the "Employer’s Guide to Union Organizing Campaigns" (Wolters-Kluwer/Aspen Publishers), considered by many to be the definitive management treatise on countering union organizing efforts and corporate campaigns.

Mr. Vitarelli was previously a Partner at McCarter & English LLP. He previously served as outside general counsel to the Waterbury Connecticut Financial Planning and Assistance Board, a state takeover board created to restructure finances, labor agreements and post-employment benefits. He was a Commissioner of the Connecticut State Ethics Commission from 1997 to 2004 and served as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect from 2002 to 2004. While attending law school, Mr. Vitarelli was a member of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review.
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Joe Wendover
Corporate Field Inclusion Manager
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
Joe Wendover is the Corporate Field Inclusion Manager for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), where he is directly responsible for an initiative to recruit, hire, and retain individuals with disabilities in the company’s workforce. With over 12 years experience, he is an expert in how behaviors and attitudes can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, and feedback systems. He has worked with a variety of clients representing academic, not-for-profit, and for-profit sector.

Since joining Walgreens, in 2008, Joe has successfully placed over 250 people with disabilities into the companys Connecticut based New England Distribution Center and developed a program that he has replicated throughout the division in 18 other centers. Joes interests revolve around diversity and inclusion, training and development, work/life balance, motivation, and organizational climate.

Joe also currently serves as the President of the Board for the Connecticut Business Leadership Network, and is an active board member of Community Enterprises Inc. based in Massachusetts. In addition, Joe
has been appointed as member of the State Rehabilitation Council and The Governors Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
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Tom Wilson
Founder and President
The Wilson Group
Tom Wilson, is the Founder and President, The Wilson Group where they specialize in designing and implementing performance-based reward systems for executives, sales, and total organizations. He is an expert on designing long-term incentive plans for privately held companies and an international authority on reward systems and high performance organizations. Their clients include Care.com, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Vermont Mutual, iRobot, Roche Brothers, and DentaQuest. Tom believes that by bringing the executive and behavioral economics perspective to performance-based compensation plans, companies can create a more robust, effective and meaningful plans. They create rewards that simply work and work simply. Tom is the author of four books including Innovative Reward Systems for the Changing Workplace and Rewards That Drive High Performance: Success Stories from Leading Organizations as well as over 30 articles, special features for Fortune Magazine and the Financial Times, and book chapter including the recently published, The Compensation Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2015). He has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Boston Business Journal, and Mass Hi-Tech. Tom earned his Master’s degree from Vanderbilt Owen School of Management and Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.
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Al Zink
Senior V.P. Human Resources
Care.com
Al Zink has over 30 years of human resources experience in global enterprises. He is the senior vice president of human resources at Care.com, an online web portal for finding suitable caregiver services for child care, senior care, housekeeping, pet care, and more. He has played a major role in taking Care.com public which have included creating and executing Total Reward plan strategies that support the company’s success. Most recently, he served as the vice president of human resources at QuantiaMD. From 2009 to 2011, Zink served as VP, Human Resources, Boston Power. Before joining Boston Power, he served as vice president of human resources at BirdDog Solutions as well as Compete. He has also held leadership roles as senior vice president of human resources at Upromise and vice president of human resources at Thomson Dialog Worldwide.

Zink holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a M.Ed in Human Resources Development from Boston University.
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