Leadership
Conference 2021

March 21, 2021-March 24, 2021

SPEAKERS

 

In addition to hearing directly from role models within the Food Industry, you’ll learn from thoughtleaders who have changed the way we think and work and advocated for what they needed to advance to the very top of their professions.

Keynote Speakers

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Through her relentless exploration of human nature, Rubin helps us understand ourselves better so we can make positive changes in our habits and our lives. From personal renewal to increasing career satisfaction, the best-selling author helps us chart our own path to being happier, healthier and more productive.

Tina Brown

Tina Brown

Legendary journalist and author, Brown served as editor of Vanity Fair magazine, as the first female editor of The New Yorker and founding editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast online news magazine. Her new book, The Palace Papers, will be published this year.

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Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro

A political strategist and commentator, Navarro is known for unwavering commitment to her values and candid criticism of all sides of the political spectrum. Her early life experience leaving her native Nicaragua to escape political turmoil informs her robust message to engage in the world around you and ensure your priorities are reflected in the decisions of leaders.

Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and second all-time leading scorer in international soccer history, Wambach encourages women to lead the revolutionary change needed to secure equality and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. She points the way for women to amplify each other's voices, 'fail up' and turn to their pack for support.

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Educational Content Speakers

Adrian Gostick

Adrian Gostick

#1 New York Times bestselling author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions to develop robust cultures, increase employee engagement, and lead high-performance teams.

His work is supported by research with more than 1 million working adults, revealing the proven secrets why some cultures and teams breakthrough and others don't. His work has been called "fascinating" by Fortune, "creative and refreshing" by the New York Times, and a "must read for modern managers" by CNN. He has been featured on NBC's The Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

Adrian is the author of award-winning Wall Street Journal and the New York Times best selling leadership books All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Gostick is ranked #3 on the list of the world's top Leadership Gurus and #9 in organizational culture. His clients include Cisco, Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, Michigan Medicine, American Express, HP, California Pizza Kitchen, Stanford Business School, and Mayo Clinic.

Alyssa Rapp

Alyssa Rapp

Alyssa Rapp became the CEO of Surgical Solutions in January 2018, a health care services company owned by private equity firm Sterling Partners. Within six months (in June 2018), she was named one of Crain's Magazine's "2018 Notable Women in Health Care." Starting in 2014, Alyssa joined the ranks as a lecturer-in-management at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where she teaches a strategy course annually. Starting in 2015, Alyssa served as the Managing Partner at AJR Ventures, a strategic advisory firm to $100MM+ privately-held companies and private equity firms on their digital marketing strategies. From 2005-2015, Alyssa served as the founder & CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., during which time she was named one of Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30" coolest entrepreneurs in America (September 2008)" and one of the wine industry's top 25 of 100 most influential people (Intowine.com). Bottlenotes also received the "Best Advertising and Marketing Company/People's Choice Award" at the Empact 100 at the United Nations (September 2013), honoring the top 100 companies with founders under 35.

Alyssa earned a B.A. in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University (2000) and an M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (2005). At Yale, she received the Frank M. Patterson prize for the best essay on the American political system.

When not immersed in business and civic life, Alyssa loves to run, ski, box, and try to decipher a slider from a curve ball from her husband, 1990 MLB World Series Champion, Hal Morris. Alyssa and Hal are the proud parents of Audrey and Henriette Morris.

Andrew Tarvin

Andrew Tarvin

Andrew Tarvin is the world's first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. 

Through his company, Humor That Works, Andrew has helped more 25,000 people at 250+ organizations--including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, PepsiCo, and the International Association of Canine Professional--learn to be more productive, less stressed, and happier. Combining his background in business with his experience as an international comedian, his programs are engaging, entertaining, and effective.

Prior to starting his company, Andrew was a top-rated project manager at Procter & Gamble, managing million dollar projects for a $350 million business. He is also an accomplished comedian, having performed in more than 1,000 shows all around the world.

Andrew is the best-selling author of Humor That Works: 501 Ways to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCompany, and his TEDx talk has been viewed over 100,000 times. He has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 1 planet (Earth). He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.

 

Anne Grady

Anne Grady

Anne Grady is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a bestselling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspirer, and a truth-bomb dropper.
 
Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last twenty years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe.
 
She has become known as a leading expert on resilience, emotional intelligence and leadership, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, FOX Business and many more.
 
Audiences love her raw honesty, edgy humor, authenticity, and insight. Anne shares inspiring personal stories, cutting edge, research-based content, and implementation tools to transfer learning into real life to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it.
 
In her first two books, Anne provides practical strategies to improve relationships, increase productivity, and reduce stress.
 
In her new book, Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience (available October 2020), Anne shares her science-based approach to help you become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the moment in order to break out of reactivity and live your life on purpose.
Arlene Pace-Green, PhD

Arlene Pace-Green, PhD

Arlene is an Organizational Psychologist and Consultant, Executive Coach, and Leadership Development Speaker. She is the author of two works currently in publication - “Pandemics: Shining a Spotlight on Racial Disparities at Work” in publication with the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Journal; and the book “You Deserve to Love Your Job: How to Find Your Purpose and Enjoy Your Life” in publication with Conqueror Productions. Arlene is the Founder and Principal of Enelra Talent Solutions, LLC. Enelra works with individuals and businesses they believe in to provide Executive Coaching, Org Design, and Leadership Development offerings that enable business and people development.

Arlene brings over 20 years of experience working internally in Fortune 500 organizations and has worked and consulted with various Foodservice organizations including Cinemark, Frito-Lay, and PepsiCo. She is known for her business partnership and ability to collaborate to bring solutions to complex challenges. In her coaching practice, she is known for partnering with clients to achieve greater business and career impact, meaning, and results. Arlene has co-authored articles, book-chapters and symposiums on various topics including selection and hiring, talent assessment, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc.

Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, and author of 7 books including "NextMapping - Anticipate, Navigate & Create The Future of Work"

Other book titles include “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast-Paced World” (Wiley 2015), “101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work” (2010) and 4 other books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready.

Cheryl’s future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.

For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance and more.

NextMapping™ was developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl’s work and research on the future of work and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It’s time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMapping™ to get there! Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.

The common theme of all of Cheryl’s life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future, helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.’

Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette’s presentations.
 
With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, a fascination with communication trends, and extensive experience in the personal development industry for over 20 years, Colette knows the difference between trendy topics and timeless truths when it comes to successful business practices.
 
Colette is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.
 
Her articles have been featured in Success, Business Management Daily, and Working Mother magazines. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Cisco, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Great Clips, Davidson Hotels, the United States Government.
Debra Fine

Debra Fine

Fine is a former engineer who developed her programs to teach leaders rapport skills and business networking techniques. Her programs are held regularly for Fortune 500 firms that include National Association of Electronic Distributors, Red Robin, Darden Restaurants, United Airlines, Van Cleef and Arpels, Hyatt Hotels, and Google. Her best selling book The Fine Art of Small Talk (Hachette) was published to excellent reviews and feature stories in USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Chicago Tribune and is translated and published in over 2 dozen countries. Her recent media appearances include the Today Show, the Early Show, CNN and NPR Morning Edition. Additional information about Debra can be viewed at www.DebraFine.com.

Diana Kander

Diana Kander

Diana Kander is a New York Times Bestselling Author of All In Startup, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and keynote speaker for Fortune 1000 companies who asks some big questions. What causes big, household brands to lose relevance with their customers and go out of business? Can organizational decline be prevented? What kind of culture needs to exist in an organization to ensure innovative ideas and practices? And how has Snoop Dogg continued to innovate decade after decade to stay relevant to the next generation?

Diana has spent her career challenging assumptions and asking thought-provoking questions. A serial entrepreneur who entered the United States as a refugee at the age of 8, she has launched and sold millions of dollars worth of products and services.

After detailing her biggest lessons learned in her first book, All In Startup, Diana started receiving requests from organizations to help their employees think more like entrepreneurs.

While working with her clients, Diana’s personal curiosity about process and culture within large companies inspired her to develop the approach outlined in her second book. The Curiosity Muscle demonstrates how a loss of curiosity hurts companies and how it can be repaired using Diana’s prescription for reconnecting with customers.

Diana has truly cracked the code on how Curiosity can serve as the catalyst for exponential growth and she thrives on helping organizations understand that they can always get better results if they learn how to ask better questions.

Diana lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

* Fun fact about Diana: As research for her latest book, The Curiosity Muscle, Diana tore her oblique muscle, but did master an 11.5-minute plank!

Dima Ghawi

Dima Ghawi

Dima is Middle-Eastern in her genes, American in her heart, and a global citizen in her spirit. She ignites the untapped potential in individuals across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth.

Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership transformation journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders.

Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce.

Dima’s memoir Breaking Vases received Writer’s Digest 2018 Grand Prize Award, Best Indie Book Award, Readers’ Favorite Award, and National Indie Excellence Award.

In addition to her global empowerment work, Dima serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.

Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley

Prior to founding Day One, Drew spent 8 years as the Director of one of Canada's largest leadership development programs at the University of Toronto and served as National Chair of Canada's largest post-secondary charity, which mobilized 35,000 volunteers annually to support the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his "TED talk" has been voted "one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time". Time, Business Insider and INC. magazines have all included his talk on their lists of "speeches that will make you a better leader".

Drew's clients have included some of the world's most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald's, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Hyatt Hotels, the United Way and over 75 colleges and universities.

 

Ekpedeme "Pamay" Bassey

Ekpedeme "Pamay" Bassey

Pamay Bassey  is Chief Learning Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, where she drives the company’s global Learning and Development strategy through Ownerversity, Kraft Heinz’s corporate university. Pamay has deep expertise in learning theories derived from artificial intelligence research and practical experience designing and developing highly-rated learning solutions and transformative professional development programs.

Prior to Kraft Heinz, Pamay served as the Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company. Before that, she was president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design and strategy company.

Pamay is also Chief Experience Officer of the My 52 Weeks of Worship Project, through which she facilitates courageous conversations about cultural and interfaith diversity, inclusion, and understanding. Her 2018 TEDx talk, Navigating Sacred Spaces, is based on her project work and her book: My 52 Weeks of Worship:Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.
Pamay serves Chair of the National Advisory Board of The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, is past co-president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, and is a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a public service organization.

Pamay earned a B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford, with an artificial intelligence concentration, and a M.S. in computer science from Northwestern. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theater.

She has been an invited speaker at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska, Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, the Stanford Black Alumni Summit (NY, ATL, Chicago, LA),  the iVentiv Conference, and the National Bar Association (Section for Business Law) in Abuja, Nigeria to speak about personal and professional topics, and has also been invited to speak about her “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project” at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Washington University in St. Louis, Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Chicago chapter of the Black Data Processing Association.

She will present a breakout session at the LinkedIn TalentConnect conference in September, 2019, and keynote at the i4CP Next Practices Now Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona March, 2020.
Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann

Eric is a rare and exotic creature who is both passionate about business while deeply grounded as a result of three decades of training in Zen meditation. Eric mentors and coaches CEOs and executives, leads executive retreats, and guides high-level executives through leadership, strategic, relationship, and life crises. Eric has discovered that it is always an internal breakthrough that leads to resolving a leadership breakdown.

The higher the leadership role an individual achieves, the fewer options there are to find mentorship on the levels that matter most. Eric is known as a change-maker among Silicon Valley, Fortune 100, and privately owned company executives. They share endless success stories of how they reached what they thought was their edge of achievement, only to discover Eric's guidance as a way to unlock their true, hidden potential.

Eric is the author of The Four Virtues of a Leader: Navigating the Hero’s Journey through Risk to Results, as well as Leadership Breakdown: How to Break the Vicious Cycle, Release the Struggle, and Success with Conscious Leadership. His work teaches the virtues shared by successful, passionate, and creative leaders and how they navigate through uncertainty and anxiety.

Eric is a Fellow and Thought Leader at Harvard’s Institute of Coaching, and a speaker for TEDx. He draws from two decades of coaching leaders, management roles at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, thirty years of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, working as a certified hypnotherapist, and meditating in a year-long retreat in an isolated cabin he built in the mountains of New Mexico.

Eric lives with his wife, two daughters and dog and cat in San Diego, CA.
Gina Schaefer

Gina Schaefer

Schaefer is founder and CEO of a chain of Ace Hardware stores located in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Alexandria, VA. She is a passionate entrepreneur who grew her company from one to 12 stores in only 14 years and now leads a multimillion-dollar business that employs more than 250 people. As a former member of the Ace Hardware Corporation Board of Directors, she is dedicated to maintaining a strong corporate culture.

Schaefer's big passion is for developing urban markets, supporting small businesses and helping women to succeed in all aspects of the hardware industry. She has tirelessly focused on the "Return to Main Street" movement in her own city of Washington, D.C., to promote Shop Local campaigns and community revitalization in urban areas.

Schaefer draws her inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs who strive to be creative, think differently and help make a difference. People like Judy Wicks, founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, from whom Schaefer learned innovative business strategies; Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, founders of gourmet food group Zingerman's Community of Businesses in Michigan, who inspired her to use her voice as a force for good; and Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, who taught her that nonprofit organizations need to think beyond simple charity.

Schaefer has received numerous accolades for her many accomplishments, including: recipient of the Women Who Mean Business award from the Washington Business Journal of 2009, recognized as an industry Top Gun in 2011 by the National Retail Hardware Association, honored by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of its Women Worth Watching in 2013 and recognized by Hardware and Building Supply Dealer as one of 14 of the 2016 "People of the Year."

She also serves on the Corporate Board of CCA Global and the nonprofit boards of House of Ruth and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

When her busy schedule allows, Schaefer likes to relax by making greeting cards (she's a big believer in the power of the written note), kayaking, taking spin classes, traveling, reading and, of course, mentoring other small business owners.

Jerry Magar

Jerry Magar

As a founding partner of People Systems Consulting, Jerry brings over 25 years of experience to his work with clients such as Lockheed Martin, Dell Computer, JPMorgan Chase, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil, Devon Energy, JC Penney, Sabre, and many more large and small clients.  In addition to his work in North America, he has engaged extensively with clients in Europe, Asia and South America.  His expertise spans a variety of areas, with particular focus on change leadership, performance management, leadership development, and executive team coaching.

Jerry currently serves as Academic Director for several award-winning leadership development programs with Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Executive Education.  In addition, he is a faculty member for the George W. Bush Institute’s Liberty and Leadership Forum where he works with leaders in Myanmar, who are committed to bringing about a peaceful transition to democracy and civil society.  Jerry has also taught top-rated MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational development and change with SMU’s Cox School of Business. 

Previously, Jerry was the Head of Organizational Development and Learning for
SMU’s faculty and staff.  Prior to SMU, he held consulting and leadership roles with Franklin Covey and Presbyterian Healthcare System.

Jerry holds Certification and Master Certification designations for numerous programs and assessment instruments and has certified thousands of facilitators across the globe.  Combining an educational background in Communication, Organization Development and Psychology with his hands-on business experience in marketing, and business development, Jerry brings a sense of real-world application to his work.

JJ Digeronimo

JJ Digeronimo

JJ DiGeronimo, the President of Tech Savvy Women, is a woman in business expert and gender diversity consultant. JJ shares effective leadership and inclusion strategies to retain, develop and advance professional women. JJ includes these experiences in her recent book “Accelerate Your Impact” which complements her 2011 book, “The Working Woman’s GPS.” JJ has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She shares her women in business expertise companies large and small including Amazon, Ingram Micro, IBM, Clemson University, Discover, KeyBank, and Rockwell Automation along with many other organizations. In addition to her books and keynotes, JJ also hosts regular video interview for professional women on her YouTube Channel TechSavvyWomen.TV.  

Michelle Poler

Michelle Poler

Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear facer, and branding strategist.

She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential. She has spoken at TEDx, Google, INBOUND, Facebook, ESPN, Netflix, Procter and Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota, World Domination Summit, Festival of Media Global, and many more.

Michelle is also the creator of the project 100 Days Without Fear. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29, and Daily Mail among many others.

In 2017 she started speaking to the younger generation. Since then, she has empowered over 20,000 students at schools and universities around the world to live with courage, find their authenticity and embrace their growth paths.

Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday

Sara Canaday is a leadership expert, speaker and author who helps companies maximize the contributions of their leaders for bottom-line impact. Drawing on 15 years of corporate experience, Sara has a unique gift for connecting with her audiences and ensuring they walk away with actionable strategies for positive change -- strengthening leadership skills, improving business relationships, and enhancing performance.

Sara’s professional career spans 20 years and includes sales, operations, and executive roles.  She served as principal consultant for Empowerment Enterprises before opening her own consultancy, Sara Canaday & Associates, in 2009.

Sara is a member of the National Speakers Association, a leadership instructor for LinkedIn Learning and is an adjunct Executive Coach with the Center for Creative Leadership. She has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the American Management Association’s Leadership Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You – According to Them:  Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career and her new book, “Leadership Unchained” will be released in February.

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist, Innovator, and Writer whose life's purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their future.

He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer service experiences. He challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance and become Chief Breakthrough Officers - personally and professionally.

With more than 30 years' experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, Simon knows how to engage and inspire leaders and team members through his keynotes, workshops, books and online courses. He has personally worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries over the past 15 years.

Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey. He is the author of ten books and the creator of two LinkedIn Learning courses, Building Business Relationships and Leading Through Relationships. As of this writing, his Goalcast video, released Father's Day 201 8, has over 85 million views worldwide.

Simon holds a Master's degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key Honor Society.

When he is not working, Simon spends quality time with his two active young adults, roots for the Buffalo Bills, and serves as a board member for the U.S. Dream Academy, Orlando Health Foundation Board, and Worldmaker.

 

Stacey Hanke

Stacey Hanke

Stacey Hanke(Hun-key)

Stacey Hanke is author of the book; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®.   She is also co-author of the book; Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. 

Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Discover, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite.  In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx.  She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week.  She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.
Tony Bridwell

Tony Bridwell

Tony Bridwell is a highly recognized thought leader in corporate culture, learning and development, and human resources with more than 25 years of global leadership expertise inspiring, motivating, and empowering employees to realize their highest potential. In his current role as Chief People Officer for Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, he leads the Global Human Resources practice. His focus is on enhancing, communicating, and driving Ryan’s award-winning culture to support the Firm’s strategic vision while gaining greater competitive advantage by attracting, developing, and retaining the most talented tax professionals and associates in the industry. Ryan is an award-winning organization and has been recently ranked 52nd on the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list.  Additional awards include Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work for U.S. Large Employers, a 2019 Best Workplaces for Women in Canada, and Ryan again earned a top-20 honor on the Best Companies to Work for in Texas list.

In his most recent role as a senior partner for the global consulting firm, Partners in Leadership, Tony worked with some of the top organizations in the world, helping maximize their cultures to meet and exceed business objectives and deliver greater shareholder value.  As the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International, Mr. Bridwell led a global team in support of more than 60,000 people. His work transforming the Brinker culture to the next level garnered him the highest acclaim and recognition from his peers in the industry. 

Tony is an accomplished author, speaker, and consultant in the work of purpose and culture, and brings hands-on experience as a practitioner of maximizing highfunctioning cultures. Mr. Bridwell was selected 2015 HR Executive of the Year by Dallas HR (the local SHRM affiliate) and won the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR. 

Tony has been a facilitator and featured speaker for organizations within North America, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Italy, Belgium, Egypt, China, Thailand, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Leaders seek and thrive on his high energy and captivating style. Aside from presenting and facilitating summits and keynotes for numerous organizations, he has been a featured speaker for multiple conferences and associations, including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, CHRO Exchange, Dallas HR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, HCI Employee Engagement Conference, HR Management Institute, and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Tony has also worked with executive leaders at some of the world’s most acclaimed organizations, such as Halliburton, Citibank, Baxter Healthcare, Dell, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg’s, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Morton’s Steakhouse, Whirlpool, OG&E, the Centers for Disease Control, and many more well-known international organizations.

Tony is the author of several articles and four books, The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose (June 2016); The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love (February 2018); The Difference Maker, A Leadership Story of Faith and Friendship (June 2018); and The Changemaker, A Leadership Story of Courage and Character (April 2019). 

In addition to his professional commitments, Tony is dedicated to multiple organizations. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves on the board of directors for Southwest Transplant Alliance, a nonprofit organization that serves as the bridge between those who make the decision to donate their organs and those needing a life-saving organ transplant throughout much of Texas.

Married 28 years with three grown children, Tony resides with his family in Texas.

Key Experience

  • Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Ryan, LLC
    • Former Senior Partner, Partners in Leadership (International Consulting Company)
    • Former Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Brinker International
  • Author of four books and numerous articles
    • The Kingmaker, A Leadership Story of Integrity and Purpose  (June 2016)
    • The Newsmaker, A Leadership Story of Honor and Love  (February 2018)
    • The Difference Maker, A Leadership Story of Faith and Friendship (June 2018)
    • The Changemaker, A Leadership Story of Courage and Character  (April 2019)
  • 2015 HR Executive of the Year, Dallas HR
  • 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR
  • Board Member o Southwest Transplant Alliance
  • Speaker
    • 30 countries
    • 25 years of global leadership experience
  • Podcaster, weekly podcast heard on iTunes
    • Breakfast with Sis Podcast

Community of Interest Speakers - Working Moms

Merary Simeon

Merary Simeon

Vice President, Diversity and Engagement, PepsiCo North America

Merary Simeon is a wife, mother, co-founder of Color Forward podcast, founder of the ACTivate Conference, board member of the Women’s Food Service Forum and advisory board member of Back on My Feet, ministry volunteer, student, and proven Human Resources Executive with more than 20 years of experience working for various Fortune 100 companies in North America and Latin America. Her diverse experiences have equipped her with a deep understanding of the needs and opportunities critical to leaders and associates alike at all levels. Her leadership expertise includes Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management, Leadership Consulting, Culture Change, Executive Coaching, and Public Speaking.

Merary is currently pursuing her doctorate in strategic leadership at Regent University and has a master’s degree in Human Resources from Fordham University.

She is a native of Puerto Rico and currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with her family. She credits her success to Jesus Christ. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13.

Sheilina Henry

Sheilina Henry

Sheilina Henry has served as Group Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Bloomin’ Brands since July 2020, after serving as Regional Vice President at Outback Steakhouse. She is responsible for leading the Bloomin’ Brands company journey toward furthering equality and inclusion, especially in the areas of leadership, talent, training, and education.

Sheilina has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. She joined Bloomin’ Brands in 2012 as an Outback Steakhouse Joint Venture Partner in the Chicago and Wisconsin markets, relocating to the Restaurant Support Center in Tampa in 2014 to lead several large-scale projects across multiple concepts. In 2016, she returned to the Outback Steakhouse team as Vice President, Training & Development, leading a team focused on providing each restaurant the tools and resources necessary to deliver memorable dining experiences. She was promoted to Regional Vice President for Outback Steakhouse in 2019. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, Sheilina was at Yum! Brands for 12 years and held various positions within the regional operations and training areas.

Sheilina holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, concentrating on International Business and Marketing Strategy and Planning. She serves on the Board of Directors for Ladies of Virtue, a transformative mentoring and leadership experience for girls, ages 9 to 18, living in underserved communities in her hometown of Chicago, IL, and is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum

Community of Interest Speakers - Women of Color

Pamela Stewart

Pamela Stewart

Pamela Stewart has spent 20 years across the Coca-Cola System in various key senior leadership roles in the areas of global, national and regional sales; operations; finance; revenue growth management; foodservice on premise and B2B retail business segments. She currently is President, West Operations for the North America Operating Unit at The Coca-Cola Company responsible for 81M consumers, 600+ customers, 25+ bottlers, franchise leadership and all routes to market (farm to table, bottler-delivered, minute maid, dispensed) for the West geography (west of Dakotas and Texas). Prior to this, Pam led large global and U.S.-based retail customers (Ahold Delhaize, Costco, Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Shoprite, Lidl, U.S. Military and 20+ others) as Senior Vice President, National Retail Sales at The Coca-Cola Company.

Prior to Coca-Cola, she spent several years in finance across the Telecommunications industry. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, Board member of 3DE by Junior Achievement, Board member of Coca-Cola’s Global Women’s Leadership Council and Co-Chair of one of Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Advisory Councils. Beyond her undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Georgia State University and Oglethorpe University and her Harvard Business School executive education certification, Pam also is a proud graduate of the GCLS Writing Academy and Leadership Atlanta.

Pam is the recipient of numerous honors, including 2020 Visionary by Consumer Goods Technology; 2020 The Global Diversity List – Senior Executives; 2020 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by Griffin Report; 2018 GO national magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love; 2016 AGLCC Business Woman of the Year; 2016 P.U.R.E. Humanitarian Award; 2016 Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery of the Year; and 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40. She also is included in the 2019 #1 bestselling Amazon book release, “9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive” by Jo Miller.

Community of Interest Speakers - Male Equity Champions

Shawn O’Grady

Shawn O’Grady

Shawn O’Grady, Group President, Convenience & Foodservice; SVP, Global Revenue Development, General Mills

Shawn O'Grady leads the Convenience and Foodservice organization. This $2B business is focused on growing sales and profit for General Mills by serving the needs of convenience store and foodservice operators across the United States, including schools, restaurants and hospitals. In addition, O'Grady oversees the development of two of the company’s global capabilities focused on accelerating topline growth, Strategic Revenue Management and Ecommerce. He was named to this position in December 2016.

O’Grady joined General Mills in Marketing in July 1990. He was promoted to Vice President in 1998, and concurrent with the General Mills acquisition of The Pillsbury Company in 2001, took the helm of the Refrigerated Baked Goods business.

Late in 2004, O’Grady joined the Consumer Foods Sales Division with responsibility for retail customers across the Midwest. He was promoted to President for U.S. Retail Sales in 2007. In August of 2010, O’Grady was elected Senior Vice President of General Mills, and assumed leadership of all remaining customer activities in the U.S.