Your Strategic HR Faculty
Your Strategic HR Leadership Summit will feature the nation’s leading human resources experts who can answer your toughest management and compliance questions.
Dawn Adams, PHR, is the President of HResults (www.HResultsNow.com), a Human Resources and Organizational Development consulting firm in Hartland, Wisconsin. As an entrepreneur, Dawn provides solutions to client companies in the areas of HR management issues, benefits, organizational development, instructional design and training, employment law compliance, recruitment, employee surveys, performance management, outplacement, coaching, 360-degree feedback, team building, and policy design and implementation. She built her expertise primarily in professional service, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial service industries. Dawn held various leadership roles including Vice President of HR for a statewide, nonprofit healthcare organization. Dawn is a certified Professional in HR with 20 years of HR and OD expertise.
Karl Ahlrichs has broad experience in handling complex organizational issues with uncommon sense. Karl is a national speaker and author, and is often quoted in the local and national media. Karl joined Gregory & Appel, an Indianapolis-based benefits and insurance service firm, after serving as a founding partner of ExactHire, a human resources services firm. Prior he was in Business Development in the Indianapolis office of Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants. At those firms, his clients included Roche Diagnostics, Boeing, Apple Computer, Wellpoint, and Frito Lay. Karl facilitates an invitation-only roundtable for CFOs, and works routinely with CPA societies on educating their members on human capital issues. For more than a decade he was the Program Chair for the Indiana Society for Human Resources Management annual conference, the third largest in the country. He has been named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana, and holds the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Andrew Botwin founded SPC Consulting in March 2012. Prior to SPC Consulting, Mr. Botwin was a Principal with Rothstein Kass where he spent 12 years managing the workforce culture strategy and human resources of this 1,000 person national services firm. Before Rothstein Kass, he worked for four years with one of the 10 largest staffing and payroll agencies in the United States performing in a variety of capacities from recruiting to general business risk management. Prior to his career in human resources, Mr. Botwin was an auditor for a large international accounting firm. He completed his undergraduate studies at Villanova University gaining a degree in accounting. He completed his MBA with a concentration in human resource management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed his law degree from Rutgers School of Law — Newark.
Brandon Cherry works directly with organizations to clarify their compensation and human resource objectives and develop programs that align those objectives with short and long-term business goals. His responsibilities include the design and development of executive compensation programs that attract, motivate, and retain key personnel. He has advised boards and executives at a number of public, private, and pre-IPO organizations. While his proximity to Silicon Valley has allowed him to focus on the technology industry, Mr. Cherry has assisted organizations across various industries including semiconductor, cleantech, biotech, financial services, consumer goods, and pharmaceuticals.
As the onetime owner of three different businesses (including the largest group of Hertz Rent-A-Car franchise locations in the U.S.), Mel Kleiman’s expertise is based on his personal experience as a business owner as well as his extensive research and consulting work helping employers design successful employee recruiting, hiring, and retention programs. Over the years, Mr. Kleiman’s expertise has been called upon by companies and associations of every size and type including such well-known names as Harley-Davidson, CiCi’s Pizza, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Society for Human Resource Management.The National Speaking Association awarded Mel the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation in 1999.
Alison Davis is founder and CEO of Davis & Company, the award-winning employee communication firm that helps leading companies — such as BNY Mellon, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, PepsiCo and Rogers Communications — reach, engage, and motivate their employees. She is co-author of The Definitive Guide to HR Communication and Your Attention, Please. Ms. Davis is a former online columnist for The New York Times and frequently writes articles for business publications, including The Conference Board Review, Communication World, and PR Strategist.
An outgrowth of her successful recruiting career, Shira Harrington, Founder and President of Purposeful Hire, brings her extensive research and her unique, real-world perspective to bridge the perceived gaps between the generations and prepare executives for the coming labor shortage. Differences in work ethic, life values, work-life expectations, teamwork, communication styles and relationship to authority are just some of the challenges facing employees of each generation. Moreover, as Baby Boomers prepare to retire, employers are likely to be short-handed unless succession planning begins now. Ms. Harrington has presented her generational findings to human resources professionals, staffs, and association conferences. She is a contributing editor to Motivating the Millennial Knowledge Worker. She has been published in the monthly magazine of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, has been quoted in Federal Computer Weekly, and has been profiled in the Washington Business Journal.
Ronald M. Katz, SPHR, president of Penguin Human Resource Consulting,consults and trains in performance management, staffing, diversity, sexual harassment, and fostering intergenerational harmony. He is an adjunct instructor with the Cornell University ILR School and has developed and delivered numerous programs for them. Prior to founding Penguin HR Consulting, Mr. Katz was a Vice-president of Employee Relations/Training for JPMorganChase and more recently served as the Interim Director of Learning and Development for Societe Generale. Since starting his own consulting firm he has consulted with some of the largest organizations in the world on human resource and management
development issues, specifically in the areas of sourcing, interviewing, and motivating staff for superior performance.
Amy Newbanks Letke is Founder & CEO of Integrity HR, a national human resource consulting and outsourcing firm in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to starting Integrity HR, she served as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Consulting Services for the largest group benefits insurance firm in Louisville, KY. Ms. Letke has also served in senior HR leadership roles as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for one of the Chicago area’s largest software development firms, Applied Systems. A graduate of DePauw University and St. Ambrose University, Ms. Letke holds a Master of Business Administration Degree.
Dr. Douglas M. McCabe is Professor of Labor Relations, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Behavior at Georgetown University’s School of Business, Washington, D.C. He is the author of more than 200 articles, papers, monographs, and speeches presented at professional and scholarly meetings in the field of employee relations. He is also an active domestic and international consultant. Considered by the media to be an expert in his field, Dr. McCabe has appeared more than 200 times on international, national, and local television and radio as the networks have sought his views on critical issues in employee relations. His television credits include being interviewed on “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”; “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw”; “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather”; “Newshour with Jim Lehrer”; and CNN’s “Crossfire” and “Inside Politics.” His print media credits include being quoted in Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Chicago Sun-times, Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal, and
The Detroit News.
With 25 years of HR management experience, Robin Schooling, SPHR, has worked in a variety of industries including gaming, healthcare, manufacturing, and banking. In 2013, after serving as vice president of human resources with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation for almost seven years, Robin left corporate HR to open up Silver Zebras, LLC, a consultancy focusing on unique HR strategies that power people, strengthen talent capabilities, and harness the power of connections. She’s a member of the Smartbrief on Workforce Advisory Board and served on the Boards of Directors for Geaux Veterans, and the Louisiana Business Leadership Network, which focuses on providing positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Robin is a past president of Greater Baton Rouge SHRM, a former board member with ASTD Baton Rouge, and an active member of the Baton Rouge Social Media Association. She currently serves as secretary/treasurer and communications director for the Louisiana SHRM State Council. In 2011, GBR SHRM awarded Robin its “HR Professional of the Year Award.”
Dr. Shirley Davis-Sheppard travels across the country and internationally delivering keynotes, facilitated workshops, coaching business executives, HR and Diversity professionals, government and military leaders, and academicians on the critical challenges and complexities associated with leading diversity in a global workforce and marketplace. In 2008, she was named a Front Runner in Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and in 2011, and again in 2012, was named one of the Top 100 Corporate Executives in America by Uptown Professional. She was also named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, organizational and leadership development, and diversity management.
Lawrence G. Singleton is a member of the faculty of the School of Business at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He teaches financial accounting and managerial accounting courses to undergraduate and graduate students at The George Washington University, including GW’s Full-Time, Accelerated, Professional, and Executive Master of Business Administration programs. Dr. Singleton has served as associate dean and has instructed financial executives within the United States government as well as international executives, and has been a visiting professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France and at Peking University in Beijing, China. Prior to joining the faculty at The George Washington University, Professor Singleton taught at Louisiana State University.
Daniel Snyder holds a B.A. in Science and Biology from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Arkansas. Dan served as part of the National Response plan during Hurricane Katrina delivering disaster site worker training for construction and demolition government contractors. He was a Safety Liaison to BP during the Deep Horizon spill response. With 19 years experience as a consultant, he has assisted companies with improving safety and health systems, conducts workplace evaluations, facilitates research to improve safety performance, and designs customized educational curriculum for a variety training programs.