Michelle Dix, SHRM-SCP
SVP, Human Capital Consulting
HUB International Limited
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Michelle Dix, SHRM-SCP
SVP, Human Capital Consulting
HUB International Limited
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Jake Gurock
Principal
Cerity Partners
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Rich Horwath
president
Strategic Thinking Institute
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Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best selling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, he leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. As a former chief strategy officer and professor of strategy, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help groups build their strategy skills. Rich's work has been profiled on CNBC, Investor's Business Daily, CBS, NBC and FOX TV.

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Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D; SHRM-SCP
Managing Partner
PerformanceConversations.com
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Dr. Christopher D. Lee is a retired HR executive having served as the CHRO for William & Mary, the Virginia Community College System, and Bates College. He is now a managing director with Storbeck Search. Chris has authored four books, including the SHRM-published Performance Conversations: How to Use Questions to Coach Employees, Improve Productivity, and Boost Confidence (Without Appraisals). He has consulted with over 100 clients in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa on HR related topics. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserves.       

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 7:30am to 8:30am
Hilary Blair, CEO, CSP, MA
Co-Founder, Keynote Speaker
ARTicualte: Real&Clear
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Hilary Blair, CEO, CSP, MA
Co-Founder, Keynote Speaker
ARTicualte: Real&Clear
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Christopher CJ Gross
Founder and CEO
Ascension Worldwide
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Christopher “CJ” Gross is a dynamic voice in Cultural Transformation, renowned for his infectious energy, captivating engagement, and thought-provoking insights. With expertise in deciphering the power of culture to drive innovation and success, CJ draws from diverse fields such as sales, non-profit, engineering, and change management. His unique ability to create a safe and inclusive environment for sharing thoughts and experiences sets him apart, leaving audiences with practical strategies and actionable takeaways.

CJ's significant impact as a speaker spans various industries, guiding organizations through the complexities of cultural change. Whether addressing small teams or large conferences, his memorable presence and storytelling resonate with all privileged to hear him speak.

CJ is a TEDx Speaker and founder of Ascension Worldwide, a firm dedicated to Cultural Integration and Transformation training and consulting based in the Washington, D.C. area. CJ has 20-years of experience as an international organizational development consultant specializing in leadership development and Cultural Integration and Transformation. CJ is a certified Social + Emotional Intelligence coach, trainer, Keirsey Temperament professional, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator, with additional expertise in organizational mediation. CJ is also an adjunct professor at Saint Bonaventure University in the School of Business.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell, SHRM-SCP
Chief Innovation Officer
Workology
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Jessica Miller-Merrell is the Founder of Workology, a workplace resource for HR, recruiting professionals and business leaders, and host of the Workology Podcast. The site has been listed twice as a top 75 career resource by Forbes. Jessica is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, a human capital strategy and consulting agency. Because of her industry expertise and knowledge, Jessica’s expertise is sought after and sourced by publications and media including: The Economist, Forbes, CIO Magazine, CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, and SHRM’s HR Magazine. Her new book, Digitizing Talent: Creative Strategies for the Digital Recruiting Age was published in 2023 by SHRM.

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Monday, April 15, 2024 - 4:55pm to 5:05pm
Ashley T. Brundage
Personal Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
President and CEO
Empowering Differences
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Ashley T. Brundage is the President and CEO of Empowering Differences. While seeking employment at PNC Bank in the United States, she identified openly during the interview process as a woman of transgender experiance and subsequently was hired after facing years of harassment, discrimination, and homelessness. These factors led her to start her second career as a means of survival while doing research on empowerment & differences. She took a role in the bank as a part time teller and then rose to national Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion in less than 5 years. She captured her research as a 4-Step process of empowerment to cultivate change in her new book and online leadership course. Ashley credits her success to those closest to her for providing actionable allyship including her 2 teenage sons, Bryce and Blake. She also volunteers her time serving numerous nonprofit organizations including serving as the vice chair for the national board of directors for GLAAD who works to accelerate acceptance across all forms of media for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jeremy M. Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP
Managing Principal
Riviera Advisors, Inc.
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Jeremy Eskenazi, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CMC is Managing Principal of Riviera Advisors, Inc., a global Human Resources management consulting and training firm that helps organizations improve, enhance and optimize their internal talent acquisition and recruiting capabilities.

Prior to founding Riviera Advisors in 2001, Jeremy spent almost 20 years leading talent acquisition and recruiting teams at Universal Studios, Amazon.com, and Idealab. A regular SHRM speaker and a member of the SHRM Talent Acquisition Special Expertise Panel, Jeremy is also proud professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Institute of Management Consultants-USA.

Jeremy is the author of the books, “RecruitCONSULT! Leadership – The Corporate Talent Acquisition Leader’s Field Book”, and “The High-Performance Talent Acquisition Advantage”.

 

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Justin Reinert, SHRM-SCP
Principal
Performance Accelerated Learning, LLC
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Justin Reinert is an experienced Talent Leader with 20 years of corporate learning experience. He holds an MA in Educating Adults from DePaul University, along with multiple industry leading certifications, including the SHRM-SCP, CPTD, and SPHR. He has led learning at organizations as large as HSBC and Oracle and built award winning learning functions at smaller high-growth firms. He is currently the Founder & Principal of Performance Accelerated Learning, providing executive coaching and bespoke talent development programs across multiple industries. In 2022, he published his first book, Creating Belonging, and is currently working on the 2nd edition.

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Wagner Denuzzo, LCSW-R
Principal, CEO
WDS, LLC
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Wagner is a transformational Latino executive leader with expertise, breadth, and experience in all aspects of human capital management, leadership, and the future of work. He started his career as a licensed psychotherapist and transitioned to critical roles in Fortune 500 companies, leading successful transformations in leadership and human resources, including the development of future of work capabilities for a Fortune 50 Financial Services global enterprise. Wagner is an inspiring speaker and a champion of diversity and inclusion with superior coaching skills, and a proven ability build dynamic talent strategies for growth in the new workplace. Wagner is a frequent contributor to publications, research organizations and has presented in major conferences across the US on the topic of the Future of HR, Future of Work, Leadership & Management Development, as well as DEI&B. He was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Monday, April 15, 2024 - 3:40pm to 3:50pm