HRDA 2018 Speakers

 

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Jill Christensen
Employee Engagement Expert. Author. Speaker.
Jill Christensen International

With three decades of executive consulting, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 business experience, Jill Christensen’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although HR “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not engage and stay, unless senior leaders and supervisors fundamentally change the way they manage employees from day on onward.

Ms. Christensen has served as the head of global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She has a Six Sigma Green Belt – which she earned by catapulting satisfaction with Avaya’s global onboarding process from 38 percent to 88 percent in six months. She also authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who’s Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, and works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to improve employee productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. She has been named to the Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencers of 2017.


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Kevin Sheridan
Employee Engagement/Virtual Management Expert and Best-Selling Author
Kevin Sheridan LLC

Kevin Sheridan is an internationally recognized and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of employee engagement and a New York Times best-selling author. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 101 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 101 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 100 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent 30 years as a high-level human capital management consultant, Mr. Sheridan has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. His premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of employee engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best-seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Mr. Sheridan is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conventions, including those hosted by the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Harvard Business School, The Human Capital Institute, and the American Hospital Association. He regularly conducts Leadership Development workshops on Employee Engagement, Virtual Workers and Remote Work, Generational Differences in the Workplace, and a wide array of other Human Capital related topics.

Prior to forming Kevin Sheridan LLC, Mr. Sheridan founded HR Solutions International in 1995, a firm specializing in measuring employee engagement and teaching best practices, which he sold in 2011.

Mr. Sheridan received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, concentrating his degree in Managerial Decision-making, Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior.

In his free time, Mr. Sheridan volunteers with a variety of charities. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, and high-altitude mountaineering. He is in the process of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, an athletic journey known as “The Seven Summits.” As such, he has stood at the top of Africa, Europe, and South America, climbing as high as 23,000 feet. His personal and professional travels have brought him to more than 65 different countries.

Mr. Sheridan has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, Crain’s Chicago Business, Human Resource Executive, Hospitals & Health Networks, Talent Management, Modern Healthcare, and Engagement Strategies Magazine.