2020 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SPEAKERS


We have collected some of the industry's best experts...

Susan Morgan Bailey
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Let Your Diamonds Shine: Storytelling as talent attraction and retention tool
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Susan Morgan Bailey is a high energy leader with more than 20 years of experience in health, benefits and education settings. In her role as Vice President, Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader at Marsh & McLennan Agency, she calls upon her experience to help organizations build supportive cultures that empower individuals to live healthy, engaged lives. Prior to joining MMA, Susan consulted on and led wellbeing initiatives in a variety of settings from manufacturing to healthcare. Susan is a Certified CultureTalk™ Partner, SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified and holds a BS in Education and a MS in Health Promotion. Recognized for her passion and enthusiasm, she is on a mission to help others live with high energy, good health and passion for life!

Ken Barr
Beacon Leadership

Introduction to CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder)
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Ken Barr Jr. is a Licensed Professional Counselor, career coach, and organizational consultant dedicated to helping individuals and teams discover, develop, and apply their strengths. He is Michigan’s first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Mr. Barr has helped more than 18,000 people begin their strengths journey.

Jim Bitterle
EDSI Consulting

Cultural Transformation - Six Practical Steps
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Unquittable - Finding & Keeping Talent You Need
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Jim Bitterle, Managing Partner, joined EDSI in 2008 to lead its management consulting division, EDSI Consulting. He brings more than 30 years of corporate leadership and management consulting experience to the company.

Jim’s consulting career began at Deloitte Consulting, where he was involved in a variety of operational, organizational restructuring and strategy consulting engagements. Jim also spent six years as a Managing Director at Amherst Partners, where he managed a variety of organizational design and operational improvement consulting projects.

At EDSI, Jim is responsible for EDSI’s national consulting operations. He is currently spearheading EDSI’s efforts to help clients optimize their organizations to support growth, diversification, and cultural improvement.

In addition to Jim’s consulting and management skills, he’s a seasoned trainer and speaker. Jim directly provided executive focused training for Fortune 100 clients such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Cisco Systems. Jim has spoken to groups ranging from 20 to 3,000 attendees. He is regularly rated as the top presenter at events. As a prior Divisional President and COO, Jim provides real world examples, as well as deep subject matter expertise as a trainer or speaker.

Prior to his consulting career, Jim spent more than 10 years as an executive with profit and loss responsibility leading both domestic and international business units for multi-national corporations such as Flint Ink Corporation and Gibson Musical Instruments, Inc. Jim has a track record of successfully building organizations that have grown and prospered under his leadership.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Broad School at Michigan State University and has a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing, with honors, from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Jeanne M. Bolhuis
Keyser Insurance Group

Inclusion is a verb, so what action are you taking
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Jeanne Bolhuis, Chief Consulting Officer with Keyser Insurance Group, knows that in the world of human resources, being different is what keeps you relevant, so when given the option, she’ll always take the road less traveled—and enjoy the journey.

Her passion for and career in human resources began as a high school student when she worked as an intern doing recruitment for a temporary agency. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Michigan University while working in leadership roles that involved human resources, healthcare, compliance, community relations, operations, engagement, process improvement and more. What really lights her fire is having an impact on people in creative and meaningful ways, and teaching and guiding others to do the same.

Over the years—informed by her more than 30 years of experience in HR and the knowledge of the broad impact HR can have on a business those years afforded her—Jeanne began to identify a need among clients and other businesses for human resources support. This inspired her to launch the agency’s in-house human resources consulting practice, which offers human resources-related education and training in day-to-day operations, immediate critical needs and long-term strategy, as well as leadership development, team building and more. Through her work she challenges clients to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and helps them embrace change to get the traction they desire. 

Jeanne speaks on a wide spectrum of topics at events ranging from corporate meetings and retreats to industry gatherings and conferences. Topics include human resource trends, c-suite, meaningful performance feedback, crucial conversations, human capital achieving business goals, functions of a high performing team, and what metrics matter, to name a few. She considers it a daily privilege to keep the human in not just human resources but life.

John F. Broer
real.good.ventures

Team Optimization: "Who Are These People?"
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Culture Trap - Culture is a Result, not a Remedy
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

John Broer is a Principal and Co-Founder of real.good.ventures, a people optimization consultancy based in Toledo, Ohio. John has been an organizational performance consultant for nearly 25 years with experience in a wide variety of industries and markets. As a certified Talent Optimization Consultant, John’s areas of expertise have included corporate learning architecture, leadership and team development, people analytics, and disrupting the out-dated practices that are holding organizations back from realizing their true potantial. John has been published multiple times by Chief Learning Officer and Training Industry Magazine and has extensive experience presenting to international as well as regional audiences. RGV clientele represents a broad spectrum which includes members of the Fortune 100 as well as small to mid-sized companies and even solopreneurs.  John also has considerable experience facilitating immersion simulations that greatly enhance adult learning events. His greatest achievements can be found in his marriage to his wife Barbara and the raising of their two sons, Paul and John. 

Matt W. Burr
Burr Consulting, LLC

HR Mentorship: The Importance of Mentorship in the HR Profession
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Matthew Burr has over 13-years of experience working in the human resources field, starting his career as an Industrial Relations Intern at Kennedy Valve Manufacturing to most recently founding and managing a human resource consulting company; Burr Consulting, LLC and Co-Owner of Labor Love, a Labor and Employment Law poster printing company. Prior to founding the consulting firm, the majority of his career was spent in manufacturing and healthcare. He specializes in labor and employment law, conflict resolution, performance management, labor and employment relations. Matthew has a generalist background in HR and provides strategic HR services to his clients, focusing on small and medium sized organizations. In July 2017, Matthew started as an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Elmira College and was promoted into the Continuing Education & Business Administration Department Liaison role in July 2018. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level business courses at Elmira College. He successfully designed an HR Concentration in the business management major that is aligned with both SHRM and HRCI certifications, providing opportunities for students to sit for both the SHRM-CP and aPHR certifications upon completion of the degree, concentration and internship hours. Matthew is also the SHRM Certification Exam Instructor, with a current pass rate of 89%on the SHRM-SCP and 100% pass rate on the SHRM-CP and a combined 94.4% on both exams over a 4.5-year period of instructing the course. Matthew works as a trainer Tompkins Cortland Community College, Corning Community College, Broome Community College, Penn State University and HR Instructor for Certification Preparation for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). He also acts as an On-Call Mediator and Factfinder through the Public Employment Relations Board in New York State, working with public sector employers and labor unions.

Clayton Carroll
Safety 101

Let Technology Generate Your Safety Leading Indicators
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Before joining the Safety 101 team, Clayton was National Sales Manager for Falcon RME, a Michigan based manufacturer of road repair equipment. Clayton holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Covenant College. Clayton has been with Safety 101 since 2016 and deals every day with safety professionals from industries including manufacturing, construction, municipal/government, transportation, energy, senior care and more. This broad range of experience with safety professionals from a variety of backgrounds gives Clayton a unique perspective into the issues safety professionals face every day.

Amy Chambers
HealthBridge & Lack’s Enterprises

Reinventing Financial Wellbeing to enhance your Health Benefits
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Amy has over 25 years of experience working in the healthcare industry as both an employee benefits attorney and as a business builder. Prior to HealthBridge, Amy was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Product Development at RespondWell, a telemedicine startup sold to Zimmer Biomet in 2016(NYSE and SIX: ZBH). Amy was also General Counsel and Chief Marketing Officer for the largest US radiology practice. Prior, Amy spent a decade as Associate General Counsel and later Vice President of Product Development for Priority Health, one of Michigan’s leading health insurance plans. Amy is the author of the great American novel – “HSA’s for Dummies” and holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Amy can usually be found at her kids’ sporting events or cooking with her husband.

Matt Cole
Michigan Planners

Do today what others don’t. Have tomorrow what others won’t!
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Matt Cole, Vice president of Client Strategy with Michigan Planners, provides strategic direction related to employee benefit contribution strategies, plan recommendations, creative cost control options, and carrier negotiation. His finance background proves beneficial as he guides clients to make long-term decisions in the best interest of the budget, employees, and admisinstative teams. Active in the community, Matt serves as a volunteer youth wrestling coach for his local Downriver wrestling club, where he teaches children ages 4-6 the basics of wrestling, hard work, and discipline. He resides in Allen Park with his wife and children.

Scott Dobson
Consumers Credit Union

Employee Financial Wellness, why credit scores matter
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Scott is the Consumers @Work Manager for Consumers Credit Union, a $1 billion not-for-profit credit union headquartered in West Michigan.

Prior to his 13 years at Consumers Credit Union, Scott held management and sales positions at several large regional banking institutions and in his 20+ year career has reviewed thousands of credit applications and credit reports ranging from small personal loans to multi-million-dollar commercial credits.

In his role, Scott partners Consumers Credit Union with employers in West Michigan to provide financial services, education, and increase the financial wellness of their employees. The Consumers @Work program opened over 1,000 employee accounts at 85 companies in 2019 and offers guaranteed accounts to all full-time employees as well as seamless employee direct deposit onboarding for Human Resources.

Tim Furlong
My Quarter Turns

Managing Yourself Under Pressure & Stress
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Master Your Time - Master Yourself
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

A Nationally recognized Speaker, Facilitator & Executive Coach, Tim Furlong and his unique brand of “Edutainment” have impacted nearly every type of organization for nearly two decades. The Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, M&Ms Mars, Whole Foods, Michael Kors,The National Parks Service, New York Life, CNN, MTV & VH1, The University of Michigan Athletic Department, and The NHL’s Nashville Predators are just a few of broad range of organizations that have chosen to utilize Tim and his dynamic, insightful presentations. Tim is also the Author of the book “Quarter Turns - Small Shifts, Big Impact" and the Creator of the “Quarter Turns” coaching program which enables leaders in any industry to identify small shifts in approach and behavior that yield highly impactful, sustainable results. From CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, to platinum selling Recording Artists Tim’s coaching & training programs have empowered thousands of individuals and organizations to achieve at the highest levels.

Babette Ten Haken
Workforce Legends

Build Trust. Your Purpose-Driven Story is the Key to Your Professional Success.
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Babette Ten Haken is a keynote speaker and Signature Storyteller of Workforce Legends. She translates across communication disconnects between people and professional disciplines in order to create Trust. By better serving each other, first, we better serve our employers and clients: Together.

A STEM professional, Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality) and Voice of the Customer Facilitator, Babette storytells with professionals, workforces and organizations wrestling with the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on workforce and leadership capacity to handle Change. Her storytelling programs uncover pockets of strategic business and human capital value often buried inside departmental silos. Start telling the stories employees and clients really need to hear. About the outcomes created when everyone trusts they will get to where they need to go. Together.

Babette’s speaking programs are forged from her experiences leveraging storytelling and design methodology on new product development teams during each stage of the Internet of Things technology evolution. She is a STEM professional, Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality) and Voice of the Customer facilitator. Babette is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM, the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a Board Member of NSA-Michigan. Her collaboration playbook, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com and at events. Babette is a Cloud Top 100 Global Power Influencer and a Top Sales World Top 50 Marketing & Sales Influencer & Blogger.

Shelby Humphries
Kent County Sheriff's Office

Active Shooter/Critical Incident Response
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Deputy Shelby Humphries of the Kent county Sheriff’s Office grew up In Portage MI, where she was involved in multiple sports during high school, one including soccer, which she won a State Championship in. She then attended Grand Valley State University where she earned a scholarship to play on the Woman’s College Soccer Team. During her time at Grand Valley State, she obtained a degree in Criminal justice and Sociology as well as won Two NCAA Division 2 National Championships. Shelby has been a Police Officer for 5 years that includes working for East Lansing Police Department for the first half of her career.

She has experience on the road patrol, Mobile field force unit, bike patrol, social media team, and community policing. She is currently assigned to the community policing unit as the community outreach Deputy. Shelby conducts training on various topics including women’s safety, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), and traffic control. Additionally, Shelby is the recruiter for the sheriff’s office. When not at work, Shelby spends her time instructing at Kalamazoo Valley’s Community College police academy, playing sports, and traveling around the world.

Abbey Johnston
AG Collaborative

Abbey is co-creator and co-owner of AG Collaborative, a leadership and talent  development company focused on transforming the interior landscape of  leaders to see individuals, teams and businesses flourish. She is a  Gallup-Certified Coach with her undergrad in Communications and  Psychology from Hope College and her masters in Leadership and  Communications from Gonzaga University. In 2019, Abbey completed an  Executive Coaching Certification through the ECI Institute at UC Berkeley. Originally from Indiana, Abbey has lived in Michigan since 1988, with a three year hiatus in Northern Ireland where she developed and co-directed a youth  center for at-risk young people. ?Abbey daily works in the leadership space to  empower people - especially women - to be big in the world and  unapologetic in their leadership. She believes our greatest opportunity for owning our influence and impact lies at the intersection of Communications  + Leadership.

Mike Knapick
Knapick Management

Decoding the Millennial Language
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Entrepreneur, award-winning restaurateur, motivational speaker and cultivator of leaders are just a few ways to describe Mike Knapick. Someone who truly needs to be seen in person to appreciate the myriad of skills he brings to the table, Knapick is a whirlwind of energy, enthusiasm and leadership qualities which draw people to his contagious personality.

Foregoing a successful career in finance and insurance, in 2003 Knapick embarked on a journey into an industry he had little experience with, and over the next 16 years, built a multi-unit, multi-concept, multi-market restaurant operation which included 14 Jimmy John’s and 12 Dunkin’ Donuts spread between northern Indiana and southern Michigan, as well as three Bar Louie gastropubs in Mishawaka and Indianapolis, Indiana. Liquidating his Jimmy John's operation in 2018, Knapick signed development agreements with CoreLife Eateries in Columbus, Ohio and Pedal Pub Party Bikes in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale markets to continue to expand his portfolio ... there is no end insight for the Chicago native.

Having earned the rare destination of being named Franchisee of the Year with two different national brands (Jimmy John's 2008 & Bar Louie 2018), Knapick’s entrepreneurial passion still lies in developing future leaders for his teams. Finding ways to develop talent, passion and enthusiasm in people who never knew they possessed those skills, Knapick measures success not by the numberof sandwiches, coffees or martinis he sells, but by the success, both personally and professionally, of the people he surrounds himself with. A father of two (Melissa,24 & Danny,21), Knapick recently celebrated 25 years of marriage with wife, Pam.

Jeff Kortes
Human Asset Management LLC

No Thanks...I Took Another Offer
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Jeff has more than 25 years experience in human resources. He has worked at companies that specialize in manufacturing, construction, and software development. During his career he has worked to recruit, retain and develop employees, at companies including ConAgra Foods, SPX, Midas International and American Crystal Sugar.

Jeff is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, which helps organizations to recruit, engage, develop and retain talent. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and a frequent speaker on the topic of loyalty, employee retention, recruitment and culture building. He is an avid high school wrestling fan, CrossFit participant and US Army veteran. Jeff is the author of Give Your Employees C.R.A.P...and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention and HR Horror Stories...True Tales from the Trenches.

Danielle Krane
One Stream Software

Your Data has a Story
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Danielle Crane has been committed to modernizing the human resources field since her entrance over 15 years ago. Captivated by the art of recruitment early on in her career, Danielle was immediately drawn to how it made her feel – creative, results-focused and value-added. Since then, Danielle has strived to recreate that feeling in all disciplines of human resources, from talent acquisition to compensation and benefits to employee development and retention. Practicing HR in a variety of industries, from start-ups to national not-for-profits, Danielle has partnered with leadership to build simplified, high-performing HR functions that fuel organizational growth and success. Danielle currently serves as the Sr. Director of Global Learning and HR for OneStream Software.

Danielle earned a B.A. in Human Resources and English from Albion College and a M.B.A. from Walsh College. She holds the PHR, SHRM-CP and CPLP certifications, and is a certified practitioner of Human Centered Design through the LUMA Institute. Danielle was a proud recipient of the 2015 “Michigan’s Top HR Professional” MISHRM award and the American Society for Employers (ASE)’s HR Executive of the Year award in 2016. You may connect with Danielle via her LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/danicrane1.

Jim Lewis
J Lewis Consulting Group

HR Algorithms - Could They Replace You?
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Prior to creating the J Lewis Consulting Group, Jim spent his career witha global high-tech company in Ann Arbor, serving as VP and CHRO. He had direct reports on four continents and workforce responsibility in more than 40 locations. He managed nearly twenty post-acquisition workforce integrations in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, UK, and Germany. He has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer at Cleary University, Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne State University.

As President of the J Lewis Consulting Group, Jim provides fractional CHRO services, and manages workforce transitions during periods of great growth, after mergers and acquisitions, and during periods of business loss and turnaround. He advises senior executives on strategy refinement, succession planning, and provides executive coaching, as well as talent and culture assessments.

Jim was named the 2010 HR Executive of the Year by the American Society of Employers. He holds certifications by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Management and a Master of Science, International Administration.

Steve Lowisz
Qualigence International

Ownershift – Reimagining how we create accountable teams
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Recruit for Results, not for Reqs
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Steve Lowisz is an authority on all things talent, personal development, and business leadership. With experience consulting start-ups, equity-backed, and Fortune 500 companies around the world , you can count on Steve for expert insights on actionable advice. Best known as the founder and CEO of Qualigence International, Steve is a successful five-time entrepreneur over two decades of practical business experience.

With a unique and unconventional delivery style, Steve understands how to connect with everyone from executives and entrepreneurs to human resources and recruiters. As a result, companies including Cisco Systems, Starbucks, Whirlpool, Coca-Cola, Miller, Walgreen's and many others have engaged Steve as a speaker to educate, inspire, and uncover the true potential within their teams.

Lee Meadows
Walsh College

Diversity : HR ’s Role in Moving Beyond ‘ Statements of Commitment ’
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Lee E. Meadows, is a Professor of Management at Walsh College and a Consultant with over 30 years of experience working in, consulting for, writing about and presenting on Human Resource issues. He has a strong background in Human Resources and is on the forefront of identifying trends that will impact the profession.

As a Human Resource professional, his practical experiences include having worked at Michigan State University, General Motors, the Kellogg Foundation, EDS/A.T. Kearney, Consulting Services, Con-Way Transportation Services.

He is currently the President of the State of Michigan Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

Co-founder and co-leader of the Walsh College Annual Human Resources Summit.

He has presented sessions at Michigan HR Day, MISHRM, and the Detroit Administrative HR Day.

He publishes monthly articles on his LinkedIn page and remains active in designing, developing and delivering leadership and HR curriculums for both profit and non-profit organizations.

He is the author of the business leadership fable: Take the Lull by the Horns: Closing the Leadership Gap.

A sought-after keynote speaker, he brings insight, experience and humor to his platform presentations.

Tom Moore
BHS Insurance

Active Shooter/Critical Incident Response
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tom Moore joined BHS Insurance agency in October of 2017, but has been in the business for 19 years. Tom is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

Tom and his team work with a broad variety of businesses to design the best insurance and risk management programs available. Tom is passionate about building strong long-term relationships with clients. He feels like the best clients for him are those who want to take a very active approach in caring for their employees and protecting the company assets. Tom works very closely with the BHS in-house Risk Management and HR Consulting team to deliver a 360-degree view of his client’s exposure to risk.

Tom graduated from Hope College in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management. He lives in Hudsonville Michigan with his wife of 15 years and two children. Tom stays very active in youth sports and his church. On a regular basis, he also serves on 2-3 risk management committees with local non-profits and schools.

Vanessa G. Nelson
Expert Human Resources, LLC

Top 15 COSTLY Mistakes and How to Fix Them!
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Vanessa G. Nelson was born in Flint, Michigan; the second of 3 children raised by a single mother. Her upbringing was meager, but her mother always preached the importance of having integrity and keeping a good name. As her mother stated, “a good name is worth more than money”. Her mother also stressed the importance of obtaining a great education, being independent, and to "always treat others the way you want to be treated". Vanessa listened to her mother and lives by those words today.

Currently Vanessa is founder and President of award-winning Expert Human Resources (www.experthumanresources.com), which she founded in 2009 to help companies maintain employment law compliance, avoid workplace litigation, maximize human capital, create great teams, and reduce costs.

Vanessa is a results-oriented HR Professional with a unique background in business management, spanning over 35 years. She has successfully helped many organizations save millions of dollars via her HR consulting and expertise, which includes: HR audits, management training, workplace investigations, executive recruitments, compensation studies, management coaching, labor relations, policies and procedures. She also conducts seminars and speaks all over the United States.

Ms. Nelson is known to be relaxed and easy-going, but serious when it comes to improving organizations. She has worked with thousands of employers/clients, which include: McDonalds, Henry Ford College, The Disability Network, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Genesee County 911, Mass Transportation Authority, Bedford Public Schools, Pittsburg Public Schools, Old Newsboys, Genesee District Library, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Valley Area Agency on Aging, Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services, Birch Run Township, Wheeler Trucking, and Level 11 Physical Therapy.

Vanessa is very involved in her community and is currently the President of Elite HR Professionals Association of Genesee County. Additionally, Vanessa is a Contract EEO Investigator for the Federal Government.

Vanessa is the author of 101 Costly HR Mistakes…and How to Fix Them! and also composed multiple E-books and workbooks, including: 7-Simple Steps to Conduct an HR Audit Today, Do-It-Yourself Employee Handbook, and How to Write Employee Documentation that Could Stand-Up in Court!

Academically, Vanessa achieved her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University; the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) from Michigan State University (MSU). She also received her EEO Investigator certification from the National EEO Services organization. 

Karen Oliver-Behee
on-river HR Consulting

5 Steps to Successfully Accelerate M&A Integration
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Karen is a strategic, results oriented executive with 20+ years of HR experience. In 2019, Karen founded ON-RIVER HR Consulting. As principal, she is partner to CEOs and executive teams as they define HR investments which will strengthen their business performance, and then implement programs to accelerate value creation and reduce cost.

Prior to ON-RIVER, Karen held a variety of HR executive roles with industry leaders in private and public growth firms.

As EVP and CHRO for Acrisure, the fastest growing global insurance brokerage, she managed an HR team responsible for integrating 100+ M&A deals per year and providing HR and Payroll Administration for 400+ companies. Partnering with the executive team, Karen evaluated their HR talent, programs and technologies, identified gaps, defined priorities for greatest impact and created roadmap for execution.

During her time as SVP of Human Resources for Northern Trust, and she served as partner and coach to CEO in the creation and implementation of a new global organizational structure that was strategically aligned, growth oriented, cost effective and built on the company’s unique cultural strengths.

Karen is frequently sought to speak on a variety of HR topics at local and national events.

Jay Richards
Denison Consulting

Employee Turnover
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

I am a member of the founding team and a senior consultant at Denison, a firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan specializing in corporate culture solutions and leadership development. I have spent the last 20+ years doing what I love: speaking to people about how to improve the culture of their organizations.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Michigan, but I love manufacturing! I love going into plants and talking with people who build things. I am also a regular contributor to Industry Week where I have published articles on culture, safety, and leadership.

The Denison Organizational Culture Survey has been used by thousands of organizations globally. The model is now in over 50 languages and is used by great companies all over this planet. We have the good fortune to work with wonderful organizations who continue to see their culture as a competitive advantage, such as Exxon, Bridgestone, The Defense Logistics Agency, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Domino’s Pizza, Itochu and many others.

Jason Russell
Secure Education Consultants

Active Shooter/Critical Incident Response
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Jason Russell is Founder and President of Secure Education Consultants. As president of SEC, Jason leads a team of former federal law enforcement agents, police officials, and military specialists, in delivering White House-level threat assessment and protection to schools and businesses.

In this role, Jason is responsible for overseeing all company operations, product development, and quality assurance. Jason has grown this business to serve hundreds of clients across the nation and beyond.

Jason served with the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent. During his tenure, Jason was involved in protective and investigative assignments as well as protecting the President and Vice President along with all living former Presidents. In addition to protection assignments, Jason served as the Secret Service Lead Instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy, a Physical Fitness Coordinator, and on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Jason began his law enforcement career with the Lansing Police Department (LPD). While with the LPD, Jason was recognized with a lifesaving award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jason has worked on the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and various multi-jurisdictional enforcement initiatives.

Jason is a frequent keynote and content speaker at conferences on the topics of emergency preparedness, active shooter response, and safety and security process. Jason additionally has taught criminal investigation and security courses as an adjunct professor.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management from Michigan State University

Kat Schulte
AG Collaborative

Kat leads CliftonStrengths work as a facilitator and Gallup-Certified Coach at AG Collaborative, a leadership and talent development company focused on transforming the interior landscape of leaders to see individuals, teams and businesses flourish. She received her undergrad in Psychology, Religion, and Women's Studies from Hope College and is CQ certified with the Cultural Intelligence Center. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Kat has lived in Michigan since 2001, with a two year stint in Hong Kong where she developed volunteers within a local NGO. Kat is passionate about helping individuals gain new insights on themselves, bringing shifts in awareness and behavior that will send ripples of impact into their relationships, their work and their life.

Kim Slager
BHS Insurance

Active Shooter/Critical Incident Response
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Kim Slager joined BHS Insurance agency in April 2012 and is a part of the public gardens team.

With 25 years of industry experience, Kim and her team work with over 30 public gardens across the United States. In addition to the best possible insurance coverage, Kim is committed to provide valuable services and support to her clients by creating safe places for employees and volunteers to work, accident investigation and claims management, risk mitigation, and most importantly, provide a positive visitor experience.

Kim has a strong understanding and focuses on contractual risk transfer when working with governmental entities, vendors, caterers, contractors, and special events.

Kim graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology. She sits on the board of directors for Camp Geneva and is active in her kids sports, school, and church. She is a native of Grandville, MI and currently lives in the city with her husband and two children.

Kristi Stuetzer
Revere Plastics Systems, LLC

Transforming Your Culture - One Employee at a Time
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Kristi Stuetzer is a human resources business leader to the professional services and manufacturing industries, with apassion for getting businesses where “they want to go.” Kristi is passionate about building collaborative relationships and maximizing people resources to achieve total success.

With a career of progressively challenging HR leadership roles, her accomplishments have centered on strategic business partnering, organizational development and building people-focused processes. Kristi prides herself on working closely with all stakeholders to implement solutions which drive value to the bottom line, such as elevating HR and payroll tasks from tactical to strategic, creating talent management programs to reduce turnover, and engaging employees in special teams to empower and energize.

With over 20 years of HR experience, Kristi holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from OaklandUniversity, a Master of Science in Management from Walsh College, and the SHRM-SCP designation. In 2017, she co-founded a peer-to-peer HR networking group, called HR Unite! The purpose of HR Unite! is to bring together the HR community for best practice sharing and empowering HR professionals for being the best business partners they can be.

Revere Plastics Systems, LLC, one of the top 100 plastic injection molders with presses ranging in 25–1,500 tons,employs more than 1,200 people in its manufacturing, technical and sales facilities.

Anne-Marie V. Welch
Clark Hill PLC

Civility in the Workplace
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch is a Member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. As an employment and labor law specialist, Anne-Marie defends employers in state and federal lawsuits and administrative proceedings against wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related statutory and tort claims. She also prosecutes and defends claims pertaining to confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

To prevent lawsuits and promote positive workplaces, Anne-Marie routinely counsels management regarding labor and employment best practices, including: recruiting; employment and independent contractor agreements; wage and hour matters; recordkeeping; handbooks; union negotiations; leave administration; employee counseling, discipline, terminations and grievances; and, reductions in force. Anne-Marie also serves as a corporate trainer and investigator for many private and public sector employers. Anne-Marie is an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator.

Anne-Marie has gained significant expertise servicing the healthcare, education, nonprofit, manufacturing, and construction industries.

She also has significant experience in assisting Michigan public school employees in appeals of determinations made by the Office of Retirement Services and decisions made by the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System Board of Review.

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, where she received a full academic scholarship and earned numerous awards for academic merit, including the Jurisprudence Achievement Award for Employment Discrimination Law and Research, Writing, and Analysis. Anne-Marie served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review and an intern to the Honorable Avem L. Cohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Anne-Marie is a member of The American Employment Law Council (AELC). The AELC is the nation's premier organization of high-level labor and employment attorneys. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to senior level labor and employment attorneys practicing on the management side at a significant level of responsibility.

Anne-Marie is currently serving as a Board Member for the American Society of Employers and as a Council Member for the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also active in the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Law Section, and was recently published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, "Legal Traps Associated with Affinity Groups," Volume 33, Number 3, Fall 2018.

Ben Whiting
Ben Whiting Enterprises

Presenting to Influence
Thursday, Oct 15 2020 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Ben Whiting is an award-winning magician, actor, and playwright turned speaker. As an entertainer he performed in over 30 countries, had multiple television appearances, and his clients included the likes of Crystal Cruises and Oprah’s HARPO studios. Recognizing his passion for helping people in their careers and day-to-day lives, Ben began focusing on keynote speaking and leadership development. In 2016, he delivered his first TEDx talk and was hired by a leadership development firm shortly thereafter to deliver leadership training around the globe. Within two years, he moved from leadership trainer to senior consultant at the firm. His leadership consulting clients have included international companies like UNiDAYS, as well as Fortune 50 corporations such as Schlumberger. Today, Ben runs his own consulting firm employing magic and entertainment as a tool to teach and inspire corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions around the globe.

Tina Marie Wohlfield
TIMAWO

Leadership Remodeled, Why the Role of Leadership Needs a Desperate Makeover
Friday, Oct 16 2020 | 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Tina Marie Wohlfield is the founder and Chief People Strategist at TIMAWO (pronounced tee-ma-woe). She is a passionate champion of Human Resources, Leadership and Talent Management with over 25 years’ experience in the Human Resources profession. Tina Marie is an active member of the HR community and dedicated advocate for advancing the HR profession through collaboration, partnerships and mentorship.

In 2018 she co-founded HRUnite! a professional networking and advocacy group to support and advance the HR profession through impactful professional relationships. Tina Marie is an HR Storyteller, author and frequent speaker on HR and leadership topics throughout the country.

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

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Traverse City, MI 49684
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