2021 CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SPEAKERS


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

Tom Cedoz
Dinsmore

Legal Summit Sponsored by Dinsmore
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 08:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Tom’s practice focuses on representing businesses, business owners, executives, and other individuals in business and employment lawsuits in state and federal courts. He prides himself on taking the time to learn his clients’ products, services, and cultures and providing the best advice for their stakeholders. In his practice, Tom leverages his business background to develop legal strategies that focus on how best to achieve his clients’ goals in a cost effective manner.

As a pragmatic and proactive litigator, Tom possesses extensive experience defending employers in complex workforce disputes, including harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, theft of trade secrets, and tortious interference claims. He also represents business owners in a wide range of commercial and tort disputes. Along with this experience, Tom has represented clients in commercial and labor arbitrations, as well as other alternative dispute resolution forums.

James Reid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Legal Summit Sponsored by Dinsmore
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 08:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Whether it's representing clients or playing a game of chess with family, James goes all in strategizing and preparing for possible challenges facing his clients today and months, even years, in the future.

He counsels business owners, serial entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and human resources directors to make strategic business decisions, from hiring to firing, while complying with the ever changing and overlapping laws, including the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and Title VII. He brings a business and proactive approach to legal matters to help employers make strategic business decisions to minimize the potential for litigation and business disruption.

Clients appreciate James' hands on approach and his ability to learn businesses and tailor his counsel to meet each client's specific needs. Because he puts his name and reputation on every product and decision, he delivers advice to his clients in a no-nonsense fashion, which enables them to make the best decisions with clear and concise guidance.

When litigation becomes necessary, he enforces restrictive covenants and defends employers against charges filed with the EEOC, state, and federal agencies. James regularly conducts audits and investigations into employers' wage and hour practices and claims of discrimination and harassment. He provides training and prepares employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment agreements, and separation agreements, to cover all aspects during the life cycle of an employee.

Giving 100 percent to everything he does, James is a renowned keynote and national speaker at conferences and events, including the American Payroll Association, SHRM, and HR Day.

Andrey Tomkiw
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Legal Summit Sponsored by Dinsmore
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 08:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Andrey focuses his practice on representing employers in labor and employment law cases, as well as in business matters. He concentrates much of his practice on assisting human resource professionals tasked with drafting and implementing policies to be fully compliant with the permutations of the ADA, FLSA and FMLA.

He counsels clients in a practical manner on how to best address the various workplace issues that arise on a daily basis, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, disability claims and requests for accommodations, substance abuse, and workplace violence. He also works with unionized clients on addressing unfair labor practice charges, implementing creative collective bargaining strategies and pension withdrawal liability.

Andrey has considerable litigation experience, including wage and hour class actions, enforcement of restrictive covenants, defense of all employment claims, and creative resolutions to shareholder disputes. He has represented clients before many state and federal agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, MDCR, UA, MiOSHA, MERC, OFCCP, the Wage & Hour Division of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Gary Abernathy
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Journey
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Gary has over seventeen years in the employee development and training industry, with a proven track record of partnering with employers and human resources professionals, looking to understand their business and human capital goals in order to develop prescriptive solutions. Gary is a member of MMA’s national DE&I team, charged with setting the direction of MMA’s DE&I initiatives including talent recruitment, awareness, and training. In addition, he leads Michigan’s DE&I practice, designed to help organizations maximize their investment. Gary strategically partners with clients in order to help them establish or grow their DE&I plan, providing consulting as well as training for our clients. In 2019, Gary was named Corp! Magazine’s 2019, Diversity Business Leader of the Year. Since 2019, Gary has led our internal unconscious/implicit bias training sessions. In 2020, he led sensitive conversations surrounding race relations and workforce diversity, as well as participated on several industry panel discussions.

Andre Kelly
Public Speaking Authority

Adjust Your Voice, I Can't Hear You!
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

After struggling for many years with a speech impediment, battling depression, facing poverty, being labeled as at-risk youth, and almost losing his voice, Andre is doing everything that people said he would never do. On January 16, 2016, Andre became the CEO & Founder of Public Speaking Authority with plans to spread his message of personal and professional empowerment globally. He is a certified professional speaker, corporate trainer, and coach, having presented over three hundred motivational talks on platforms all across the world. His career path has afforded him the opportunities to work in the banking, aviation, hospitality, and events management sectors within The Bahamas. It is his goal to inspire people everywhere to LIVE OUT LOUD beyond unfortunate past circumstances, challenges, and limiting beliefs.

Mike Kestly
Kestly Development

Hiring, Retention, Onboarding, and Employee Development Metrics and Best Practices
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mike Kestly / Kestly Development helps SELECT, RETAIN and “DEVELOP” your people. Kestly Development provides employee selection tools that are easy to set up and makes the hiring job easier. They also do "Supervisor Training" programs that smooth out the hiring process, improve Safety, build great teams, and increase retention. Watch this "Hiring the Right People" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkdIbsrUd9o * A Degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University * A Wiley Authorized Partner for PXT Select, Everything DiSC, and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team * Current Membership Director for GAASHRM (Greater Ann Arbor Society of Human Resource Management) * Current Michigan SHRM Resource Partner * Former HR instructor at Washtenaw Community College * Past Board Member of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber * Former GAASHRM Chapter President, and MISHRM State College Relations Director

Ed Krow
Ed Krow, LLC

Leading in the Experience Age: HR’s Guide to the New Workforce Paradigm
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Ed is a talent and culture expert, who delivers captivating, high-energy keynote presentations that challenge the traditional model of HR and prepare decision makers for motivating their people with a win-win strategy. In his career, Ed has helped over 250 clients achieve talent and culture transformations including Fortune 500 companies. As a result, audiences value Ed’s deep understanding of the employee/employer dynamic and his ability create a connection with them right away. On stage, he provides practical approaches, tools and relevant stories to inspire action. Ed’s topics bring a refreshing perspective on how to leverage what is commonly viewed as “people problems”, and turn negative growth into business success. He is the author of "Strategic HR: Driving Bottom Line Results Through Your People".

Meagan Krzywosinski
Inspiring Inner Growth LLC dba Brave Speaks

Brave Speaks: Values, Boundaries and Your Superpower
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Meagan has a passion for inspiring humans to make a positive impact. She is known for her ability to be mindfully resourceful and has a natural talent for cultivating connections. She is a practicing Human Resource SHRM Certified Professional with thirteen years of HR experience, a dedicated cooperative-thinking leader, a compassionate volunteer and Social & Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach. She is a facilitator of growth. She believes each human has a superpower waiting to be nurtured and finds joy in asking thought-provoking questions to help learners navigate the uncharted waters of life. She can be your biggest fan and your toughest accountability coach. Meagan is a small-town Michigan woman with a whole lot of brave! At the core, she is an authentically imperfect human and a Yogi striving to keep the overthinker in check.

Steve Lowisz
Qualigence International

GROWTH
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

As a keynote speaker, consultant and trainer on all things talent, Steve is ready help you bring out the best in your leadership and organization. Steve delivers actionable insights for talent acquisition teams, HR professionals and business leaders alike so that you can reach your full potential.

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.

Shamus OKeefe
Lighthouse Insurance Group

Understanding & Using Your Current Life & Disability Benefits To Maximize Employee Retention/Recruitment
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

I joined the Lighthouse team in 2019 as an employee benefits broker. Prior to joining Lighthouse, I was an account executive (25 years) selling life insurance, disability insurance, voluntary benefits & leave management systems with the top 5 carriers in this space. My role was to work with brokers around the Midwest to develop the most effective employee benefit & leave programs to help attract as well as retain top talent for employers.

I am married to Stacey O’Keefe (who is also my business partner) and we have (3) grown children. I have partnered with the Lighthouse team to support the amazing work the Special Olympics is doing in our communities.

Nicole Anderson
MEND - HR Solutions and MEND Recruiting

Hiring Culture
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Nicole Anderson is the CEO and Founder of MEND, a human resources solutions firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nicole received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from American InterContinental University in Weston, Florida. Before founding MEND in 2017, Nicole held corporate leadership positions in the legal, retail, and manufacturing industries. Her broad corporate experience and work with first-year startup companies guided her vision – the need for today’s corporate leaders to better understand tomorrow’s workforce. She is currently writing her first book about the future of human resources. Readers will learn why HR needs to be more business-minded, work with leaders to develop bottom line strategies, and bring value to companies rather than just be policy makers and enforcers. Nicole’s book “HR Revolution – Putting the Human Back in Human Resources ©” is set to be released in the Spring of 2021

Jeanne Bolhuis
Keyser Insurance Group

Ethical Leadership As We Move Forward
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Jeanne Bolhuis, Chief Consulting Officer with Keyser Insurance Group, started her passion and career in human resources 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 and more. Over the years, informed by her more than 30 years of experience and knowledge in HR, Jeanne began to identify a need among clients and other businesses for a human resources partner. This inspired her to launch the agency’s in-house human resources consulting practice, which offers human resources-related education, training and guidance in day-to-day operations, immediate critical needs and long-term strategy. What really lights her fire is having an impact in meaningful ways on others. Through her work, Jeanne helps get the traction desired for businesses and their people.

Sonja Burnside
Keyser Insurance Group

Ethical Leadership As We Move Forward
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Sonja Burnside, HR Generalist with Keyser Insurance Group, is a key player on their HR Consulting team. If HR was baseball, we’d call her a utility player. While finishing her degree - Sonja holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University — she worked in administrative roles, providing support at the executive level, which gives her valuable insight into the c-suite psyche. Upon graduation from WMU she joined a global specialized staffing firm, recruiting candidates for administrative and human resource roles. What Sonja likes best about her role at Keyser is that every day and every client is unique. She also loves that the human resources world is always evolving, which means she’s always learning. If you bump into Sonja outside of work, she’ll probably be covered in dirt. She enjoys gardening — sunflowers especially — and Jeepin’. It’s a thing. She’ll tell you all about it.

Scott Dobson
Consumers Credit Union

Employee Finanancial Wellness: Go beyond health insurance and a 401(k)
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Scott has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years, the last 14 with Consumers Credit Union. Scott has helped hundreds of area businesses create strategies and programs to better help employees make the most of each paycheck and improve their financial future. Scott is married to Nicolette, a chiropractor in Kalamazoo and has a freshman daughter at Eastern Michigan University and a freshman son at Mattawan High School. Scott loves the outdoors and regularly bikes, hikes, and kayaks around Michigan. Scott also refuses to be boring when presenting, so get ready for some fun!

Cassie Goodband
Keyser Insurance Group

Ethical Leadership As We Move Forward
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Cassie joined the team at Keyser after spending more than a decade with a Fortune 500 insurance company, where she was one of its top 100 performers (out of 49,000). Needless to say, Keyser is glad she’s a member of their team. While Keyser values Cassie’s ability to drive results for the agency, they also value her ability to drive results for clients. Notably, in her time at Keyser, Cassie has brought renewal percentages down almost 290 percent across her book of business, secured $365,000 in carrier credits for clients, and overall reduced client spends by $1.9 million dollars. Keyser hates to brag (not really), but she helped one client reduce its annual prescription benefit spend by $900,000. By the way, she made all this happen by exercising creative solutions, not by sacrificing the quality or breadth of benefits provided to clients’ employees.

Brian Lemoine
Gallagher Benefits

Steps to Reduce Pharmacy Spend for a Self-Funded Employer
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Brian is a pharmacy subject matter expert and works within Gallagher’s Pharmacy Practice. With more than 30 years in employee benefits, including leadership roles with global consulting firms and national carriers. Brian specializes in helping self-funded employers reduce their ongoing pharmacy spend and is considered a subject matter expert in PBM contracting. He works with organizations across the country (including 37 with their headquarters in Michigan) and has a proven track record for designing needs based solutions, as well as for tracking and reviewing claims data so that the Plan’s financial results can be further improved over time. Brian earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park and his Bachelor degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a CEBS designation from the Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.

Monica Lloyd
ADVISA

Riding the Liquid Workforce Wave
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Monica Lloyd is a Leadership Consultant and Practitioner, Top-Rated Speaker, Certified Talent Optimizer, Content Contributor, and Leadership Vlogger. She partners with C-Suite and HR Leaders to understand and unpack the business problems that are really people problems. Then she gets to work with data-driven approaches to develop leaders, reduce turnover, increase engagement, build a talent bench, develop executives, and help position companies for the next level of success. Viewed as a thought leader in the human capital space, Monica infuses a deep passion for all things people with a comprehensive background in Organizational Development, Change Leadership, Talent Strategy, and Leadership Development.

Phil Martin
Philip J Martin Enterprises

COACHING FOR EXCELLENCE: How to retain and energize your top talent by creating an engaged and inclusive workforce.
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Phil Martin has spent 35 years in theatre as an actor, director, playwright, and artistic director. He is a member of the Theatre Guild of America and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). He is an award-winning television writer for the Nashville Now show on TNN. Martin was commissioned to write musicals celebrating the county’s orphan train riders (Songs of the Orphan Train Riders) and by the state of Wisconsin for its sesquicentennial (The Wisconsin Story). He has written two books: Play Hard – Have Fun: A Philosophy for Life and Take the Stage: 64 Essential Leadership Lessons Learned From Theatre. He has presented at conventions and symposiums across the country, winning rave reviews for his one person show – Gateway.

Daniel Russell
Trion Solutions

The Dust Has Settled. What Now?
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Daniel Russell, Sr. is an experienced business professional with an extensive background in employee administration and business management. Dan also has several years of experience in the banking and finance industry serving as a Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank and Wachovia Bank. In addition to his employee administration and banking experience Dan has also trained and developed business owners and entrepreneurs across all types of business sectors. Dan is a well-respected Professional/Motivational speaker guiding business owners, entrepreneurs and young adults with engaging and inspiring content. He is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and visions helping their ideas become reality. Mr. Russell serves on several boards throughout Michigan including Hope Against Trafficking, Winning Futures and Covenant House.

Tina Marie Wohlfield
TIMAWO

Creating Credibility With the C-Suite - Understanding HR’s Role in the Value Chain
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

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 community to support HR professionals. Her first book, STOP Collaborate and LISTEN – Developing Impactful HR Partnerships Through Collaboration is available through LuLu Publishing. 

JULIE ANDERSON
Your Best Mind, LLC

Motivate, Communicate, Innovate- Effective Leadership Through Neuroscience
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Julie Brain Lady Anderson is one of the nation’s top experts on the Brain Personality Connection and creator of the most comprehensive personality assessing tool available on the market today-the Brain Personality Connection Assessment. She is a highly sought after international public speaker; corporate keynote; business/communication/relationship consultant; and international bestselling Author. For more than 17 years she has been using neuroscience and neuropsychology to ignite corporate leaders and teams to fire up their brains. The information she shares will assist listeners to accelerate their success. Her background includes Natural Health, Psychology, Human Resource Development, Leadership Development, Psychoneuroimmunology, Courses in Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Brain Function, Personality Types, Stress Management, and the Brain Personality Connection.

Ed Bardelli
Warner Norcross + Judd

COVID-19 Employment Liability and Risk Mitigation Measures
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Ed’s practice focuses on representing companies in employment and commercial litigation. Ed has successfully represented manufacturers, utility companies, universities and banks in all manner of employment disputes, including race, sex, age, FMLA and disability discrimination claims, as well as harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. He has also successfully represented businesses in enforcing non-competition agreements and protecting their trade secrets. Ed was lead counsel for Amway Corp. when the company won a $26 million arbitration award in a lawsuit involving non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret claims, and he was co-counsel in the Taco Bell Chihuahua case, which resulted in a jury awarding our client $36 million. Ed is the immediate past chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group and currently serves on the firm's Management Committee and Litigation Steering Committee.

Eric Bowe
Primal Idea

Brainstorming with Da Vinci: An Entertaining Approach to Generate Next Level Ideas
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Eric is a passionate about unlocking creativity. He has developed and adopted effective methods that get the most out of a brainstorming team. He is also a lifelong student of the creative process and enjoys immersing himself in documentaries about famous artists, songwriters, writers, inventors, and filmmakers. These artists stories help illustrate many of the methods outlined in this session. Eric has helped clients generate breakthrough ideas in a rapidly evolving marketplace for over past two decades. He has led over one-thousand brainstorming sessions for businesses ranging from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. These clients include Ford Motor Company, Colonial Williamsburg, Bob Evans restaurants, ALDI, Jeep, Pure Michigan, Ameriprise Financial, United Wholesale Mortgage, White Castle, and Shell Oil to name a few.

Jeff Faber
HUB International

Using Data to Gain a Multi-Dimensional Understanding of your Employee Population
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Jeff's role is to put better ideas in the heads of our consultants and customers. In his 20+ years of broad-based consulting, which ranged from pension actuarial work to executive compensation to HRIS and healthcare, he learned that the success of an employer’s benefits offering is unique to a workplace and deeply interconnected to culture, company branding and individual talent. He is also responsible for the development and execution of cutting edge cost-containment, risk-reduction and employment-enhancing initiatives. He leverages data into information and information into action to help clients realize their objectives and find new frontiers. He has spent ten years leading teams that serve clients: assisting in harmonizing benefits between groups, coordinating benefit committees, creating custom product designs and managing risk pools and health cooperatives.

Amanda Fielder
Warner Norcross + Judd

COVID-19 Employment Liability and Risk Mitigation Measures
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Amanda is co-chair of Warner's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Amanda’s practice covers all aspects of employment law and she has successfully defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge, as well as other statutory, contract and tort-related employment claims. Amanda also regularly defends clients against class and collective action cases involving various claims, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues and consumer claims. Amanda’s experience and expertise have earned her recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer for the past four years.She also was recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty list and as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored her as one of the 2020 “Women in the Law.

Nichole Hoskins
The Mars Agency

Developing Your Organizations First Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Session will be led by Nichole Hoskins, J.D., SHRM-CP, CDE. Nichole is a culture-focused people management professional currently serving as a Director of People & Culture for a Detroit-based agency where she focuses on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Development and Performance Management. Nichole uses her experience as a DEI Advisor, Inclusive Workplace Specialist and Certified Diversity Executive, to assist businesses in a variety of industries on inclusive hiring practices and creating inclusive workplace cultures.

Alex Kreibich
Gallagher

Leveraging Data to Drive Decisions
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Experienced actuary and analytics expert with deep knowledge of employee benefits - specifically, healthcare and population health analysis. Skilled, client-focused consultant with a passion for using data to tell a story.

Trina Ruokola
Business Network Division/Michigan Rehabilitation Services/State of Michigan

Mental Health Awareness and Those Critical Conversations
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Business Relations Consultant with the Business Network Division. Trina attended Northern Michigan University where she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in human resources and labor relations and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan. Trina works with businesses to develop solutions for talent acquisition and retention.

Lisa Stanely
Business Network Division/Michigan Rehabilitation Services/State of Michigan

Mental Health Awareness and Those Critical Conversations
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Lisa Stanley is a Business Relations Consultant with the Business Network Division. Her professional interests focus on strengthening relationships with local employers, MiWorks! offices, Community Mental Health, Department of Health and Human Services, schools and community colleges throughout the Southwest District/Prosperity Region 8. She is a trained facilitator for the Employment Outcomes Professional (EOP) and Contemplating Change programs including the Motivational Interviewing techniques. For the last 10 years, Lisa has enjoyed working as an advocate and mentor working with disadvantaged families and youths. She truly enjoyed working with her transition students and advocating for equal opportunities. In addition, Lisa enjoys working as an adjunct professor for Kellogg Community College where she teaches psychology coursework for the Social Science Department. Lisa recently was the proud recipient of the State of Michigan Symbol of Leadership Award. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in family life education and master's degree in counseling from Spring Arbor University.

Linda Taylor
Executive Rhythm

Brainstorming with Da Vinci: An Entertaining Approach to Generate Next Level Ideas
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Linda believes the key to unlocking organizational potential is by nurturing inspirational leaders. Throughout her career, Linda has coached executives and managers to rise above the basic business requirements and become the type of leader that people want to follow. Brainstorming is no different. Linda applies this passion to brainstorming by training people on techniques to lead a team in order to get to next level thinking. Linda has led all aspects of the human resource function, but her passion always centered around talent acquisition and retention, leadership development and change management. Linda has spent more than 25 years nurturing and developing talent at some of the world’s most respected advertising agencies. Throughout her career she has led human resources teams at Campbell-Ewald, J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett, The Garage Team Mazda, GTB and BBDO.

Rebecca Ahmed
Laugh Thru Life

Five Innovative Action Steps to Tool Up Your Recruiters & Build Pipelines to Attract the Future Leaders of Gen Z
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Rebecca Ahmed is an upcoming TEDx speaker, certified Energy Leadership Coach with ICF, and published writer. She has taken her expertise and launched her own business, Laugh Thru Life, where she brings energy and joy to the workplace and is a recognized expert in talent acquisition, culture, and diversity and inclusion. During her 10+ years as a leader in Human Resources (HR) in Hospitality, she is most notably recognized for partnering with C-Suite Executives through a 2.8B M&A, overseeing HR Operations and Technology for up to 16,000+ team members. Rebecca joined Savills in 2019 as their Corporate Managing Director to help organizations leverage their commercial real estate to attract top talent. Rebecca has a bachelor’s in public relations with a double minor in communication design and business from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Scott Behrens
Lockton

Compliance: The Biggest Year Since ACA - What?!
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Scott brings more than 10 years of legal experience to his current position as a senior attorney. He has extensive expertise in compliance with ERISA and other employee benefit laws, including health reform. Scott also has critical experience in public policy and politics, having worked for a former chairman of the Committee on the Budget for the US House of Representatives. Prior to joining Lockton, Scott worked as an employee benefits and executive compensation associate at an AmLaw 100 law firm and was able to hone his skills working with some of the top attorneys in the nation. Scott’s previous experience has given him an intimate understanding of ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, relevant sections of the Tax Code and PHSA, and other laws such as FMLA and USERRA. Scott is a frequent speaker and author on employee benefits and political matters.

Kari Bergman
AG Collaborative

Level Up: Building Confidence and Unlocking Opportunity
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Kari Bergman is Director of Coaching and Communications for AG Collaborative, a leadership and people development company which exists to unlock and unleash better humans for a better world. AGC creates meaningful experiences for individuals, teams and organizations to lean into courage and embrace discomfort for the sake growth and transformation. Kari, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Her formal training is integrated with humor and wisdom in her work as a coach, facilitator and storyteller. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family. Kari is getting messy in the lifelong work of racial justice, healing and collective liberation. Leaning hard into the vision of john a. powell, “We can build a circle of humanity where no one is outside.” AG Collaborative holds certifications, training and expertise in Dare To Lead™, Gallup CliftonStrengths, Leadership Circle Profile, Mindfulness (MBSR), CQ - Cultural Intelligence, Executive Coaching, and Co-Active Coaching.

Elaine Coffman
Lockton

Compliance: The Biggest Year Since ACA - What?!
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

With more than 30 years’ experience leading clients and teams, and delivering exceptional results, Elaine joined Lockton to bring an independent, privately held firm with global resources to the Michigan market. She chose Lockton because of the culture, which combines high-performing people with best-in-class resources, balanced client assignments, the curiosity to always improve and the humbleness that creates a great service organization. Elaine specializes in innovative solutions that align with an organization’s human capital priorities and budgets, bringing integrated benefits and P&C strategies that support all levels of an organization.

Paula Day
Lockton

Compliance: The Biggest Year Since ACA - What?!
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Paula has nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney with more than 20 years devoted to the area of labor and employment. She has extensive experience in advising employers on human resource compliance issues, including the application of Title VII, ADA, FMLA, other paid leave laws, EEO compliance training, and guiding management through complex cases of discipline or employment termination. Paula’s extensive background in employment law provides her with a skill set to help employers ensure compliance with the various federal, state and local employment laws and position employers to be able to vigorously defend claims should they arise. Prior to joining Lockton, Paula served as Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, at YRC Worldwide, a holding company for multiple large trucking companies.

Ed Fensholt
Lockton

Compliance: The Biggest Year Since ACA - What?!
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Ed has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and more than 30 years concentrating in the area of ERISA and other aspects of employee benefits law. He has extensive experience regarding compliance issues under the Affordable Care Act, the tax code and ERISA with respect to health and other fringe benefit plans; employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions; multiple employer welfare arrangements; and a variety of other employee benefits-related matters.

Rob Hampton
Morgan Stanley

A Fireside Chat with Rob Hampton, Head of Human Resources at Morgan Stanley
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Rob Hampton is a Managing Director of Human Resources for Morgan Stanley. Presently, Rob is the Head of Human Resources for the Wealth Management Field organization supporting Morgan Stanley’s 15,500 Financial Advisors who serve clients in over 600 offices across the United States. Since Joining Morgan Stanley in 2007 Rob has held Human Resources leadership positions in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles but always within the Wealth Management business. He is a proud native of Flint, Michigan and a Spartan twice over, having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his Master’s degree from Michigan State’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.  Rob currently lives in Sierra Madre, CA with his wife Kendra, and three son’s Max, Franklin and William.

The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) aware investments may be lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as investors that do not use such criteria.

Source: Forbes.com America’s Top Wealth Advisors: State-By-State ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pay a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information: www.SHOOKresearch.com.  

Source: Forbes Magazine America’s 500 Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors: Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC. Data as of 3/31/17. SHOOK considered Financial Advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience, who have: built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures: telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of the Financial Advisor’s future performance.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pays a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information see www.SHOOKresearch.com. 

Twenty in their 20's:  Source: Crain's Detroit Business, May 7-13, 2018. The award is based upon a recipient's application and not upon any qualitative and quantitative criteria relating specifically to their position as a Financial Advisor.  As such the award is not representative of any client's experience nor is it indicative of the Financial Advisor's future performance. Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney nor any of their Financial Advisors pay a fee to the Crain’s Detroit Business in exchange for the rating.


Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.  Graystone Consulting is a business of Morgan Stanley. ©2021 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.    CRC3650000   06/21

Fiona Jamison
Spring International

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Where to start your journey
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Dr. Fiona Jamison is a sought after speaker and leader in the people analytics field. Dr. Jamison has spent the last 20 years working with Fortune 500 companies helping them to make more informed, data-driven HR decisions and using data to better understand the employee experience. Born and raised in the UK and having worked with global organizations she brings a broad cultural perspective to people analytics. Dr. Jamison is an adjunct professor at the University of Villanova and has been a guest speaker on people analytics for Fox Business School and NYU.

Jim Lewis
J Lewis Consulting Group, LLC

Becoming influential beyond your spot on the org chart
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Prior to creating the J Lewis Consulting Group, Jim spent his career with a 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 multiple continents. 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 an SPHR and GPHR..

Mike Novakoski
EV Construction

Building a Transformational Culture
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Mike Novakoski is a CEO and entrepreneur with over 30 years growing successful businesses in the Construction, Staffing and Leadership industries. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Construction Management, Mike holds an MBA, completed 240 hours of intense study to receive an “Innovation Management Certification” and most recently completed a 3-year Owner/President Management program through Harvard Business School. As President & CEO of EV Construction, Mike has led the company through 13 consecutive years as a recipient of West Michigan’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” award - with 10 of those years as an Elite Award Recipient. Mike thoroughly enjoys sharing the unique approach to the company’s success and helping other companies to achieve their full potential.

Shawn Premer
Consumers Credit Union

Organizational Strategy – Developing an employee engagement strategy that drives business results
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Shawn Premer has an HR career spanning over 28 years. She has spent the last 10 of those years as the Chief HR Officer of Kalamazoo based, Consumers Credit Union. She is also the immediate Past Director Michigan SHRM. She serves as board chair of Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, and on the boards of Southwest Michigan First, The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the advisory board Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Career and Community Education Center. She loves to help grow HR professionals through facilitating HR Certifications Prep courses and speaking for HR groups across the state.

John Rogers
Morgan Stanley/Graystone Consulting

A Fireside Chat with Rob Hampton, Head of Human Resources at Morgan Stanley
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

John G. Rogers serves as relationship manager for Graystone Consulting – Farmington Hills, Michigan’s foundation, corporate and individual clients. He leads the group’s mission and impact investing initiatives and execution of the Morgan Stanley at Work platform. Crain’s Detroit Business honored John Rogers on its 2018 “Twenty in Their 20s” list of young professionals who are making a difference in their community. Graystone Consulting - Farmington Hills, Michigan advises institutional organizations, corporate financial wellness programs and family offices on investment and spending policy, asset allocation strategies, alternative investment selection and individual portfolio management. They provide retirement plan consulting services and cash management to corporate clients. Graystone Consulting consists of more than 50 offices nationwide, providing the personalized service you would expect from a small investment boutique combined with the global resources of Morgan Stanley.

The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) aware investments may be lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as investors that do not use such criteria.

Source: Forbes.com America’s Top Wealth Advisors: State-By-State ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pay a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information: www.SHOOKresearch.com.  

Source: Forbes Magazine America’s 500 Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors: Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC. Data as of 3/31/17. SHOOK considered Financial Advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience, who have: built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures: telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of the Financial Advisor’s future performance.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pays a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information see www.SHOOKresearch.com. 

Twenty in their 20's:  Source: Crain's Detroit Business, May 7-13, 2018. The award is based upon a recipient's application and not upon any qualitative and quantitative criteria relating specifically to their position as a Financial Advisor.  As such the award is not representative of any client's experience nor is it indicative of the Financial Advisor's future performance. Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney nor any of their Financial Advisors pay a fee to the Crain’s Detroit Business in exchange for the rating.


Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.  Graystone Consulting is a business of Morgan Stanley. ©2021 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.    CRC3650000   06/21

Mark Rogers
Morgan Stanley/Graystone Consulting

A Fireside Chat with Rob Hampton, Head of Human Resources at Morgan Stanley
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Mark J. Rogers, CIMA®, Executive Director, Institutional Consulting Director and Family Wealth Director, has worked in the investment and financial consulting industry since 1985. He serves as a lead consultant and oversees strategic portfolio construction, asset allocation strategy, investment policy analysis, market research and day-to-day investment management responsibilities for client portfolios.

Mark is an Institutional Consulting Director with Graystone Consulting. He works with corporate clients on retirement plans and Workplace Financial Services programs. He applies a disciplined institutional framework to help employers maximize financial benefits for their employees.

As a Family Wealth Director, Mark provides an integrated approach to planning through Family Office Services. The business unit leverages sophisticated resources and exclusive tailored investment opportunities to help meet the complex needs of investors with significant wealth.

Mark earned the IMCA Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Economics. Mark is founder and chair of the Birmingham Country Club Business Roundtable, a business networking group.

The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) aware investments may be lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as investors that do not use such criteria.

Source: Forbes.com America’s Top Wealth Advisors: State-By-State ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pay a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information: www.SHOOKresearch.com.  

Source: Forbes Magazine America’s 500 Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors: Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC. Data as of 3/31/17. SHOOK considered Financial Advisors born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience, who have: built their own practices and lead their teams; joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures: telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of the Financial Advisor’s future performance.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pays a fee to Forbes or SHOOK Research in exchange for the ranking.  For more information see www.SHOOKresearch.com. 

Twenty in their 20's:  Source: Crain's Detroit Business, May 7-13, 2018. The award is based upon a recipient's application and not upon any qualitative and quantitative criteria relating specifically to their position as a Financial Advisor.  As such the award is not representative of any client's experience nor is it indicative of the Financial Advisor's future performance. Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney nor any of their Financial Advisors pay a fee to the Crain’s Detroit Business in exchange for the rating.


Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.  Graystone Consulting is a business of Morgan Stanley. ©2021 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.    CRC3650000   06/21

Kat Schulte
AG Collaborative

Level Up: Building Confidence and Unlocking Opportunity
Thursday, Oct 14 2021 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM

Kat Schulte leads CliftonStrengths work as a facilitator and Gallup-Certified Coach at AG Collaborative, a leadership and people development company which exists to unlock and unleash better humans for a better world. AGC creates meaningful experiences for individuals, teams and organizations to lean into courage and embrace discomfort for the sake growth and transformation. Kat is also 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 to shift awareness and behavior that will send ripples of impact into their relationships, their work and their life. AG Collaborative holds certifications, training and expertise in Dare To Lead™, Gallup CliftonStrengths, Leadership Circle Profile, Mindfulness (MBSR), CQ - Cultural Intelligence, Executive Coaching, and Co-Active Coaching.

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