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.

John K. CoyleJohn K. Coyle
Author of The Art of Really Living and Olympic Silver Medalist

John K. Coyle, founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living, is one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and design thinking. He has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s “” where his academic advisor was David Kelly, the founder of IDEO and Steve Jobs’ right-hand man. John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, author, and sought-after keynote speaker.

Mr. Coyle won an Olympic silver medal in speed skating—an achievement he attributes directly to his design thinking background.

He has taught innovation courses at Marquette University, and is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how we, as humans, process time. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying “design thinking” to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years.

Mr. Coyle offers the intellectual and analytical background of a professor coupled with the inspired emotional storytelling of a champion athlete. His talent of weaving facts, frameworks, and storytelling into experiential learning sessions will activate both your intellectual and emotional centers.

David CreelmanDavid Creelman
Creelman Research

David Creelman is CEO of Creelman Research. He’s best known for this research on people analytics, the future of work, and reporting on human capital to boards.

Much of his work is built upon long-time collaborations, in some cases with famous names such as John Boudreau, Ed Lawler, Dave Ulrich and Henry Mintzberg. Over the course of decades, he’s got to know many of the people advancing the state of management.

Some of the most enjoyable work has been with Recruit in Japan, including taking leaders on a tour of US tech companies in the days before they bought Indeed. Another great experience was participating with Leif Edvinsson’s intellectual capital group, leading to a presentation on human capital in the big room at the World Bank in Paris.

Accomplishments have aggregated over time. He’s won the Walker Award and been made a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence-based Management; his HBR online piece on leadership with Wanda Wallace topped the most popular list for many weeks; and his co-authored book “Lead the Work: Navigating a world beyond employment” (now available in Chinese) is still the best book on the gig economy.

In his personal life he has travelled extensively, sometimes to places that no longer exist in the same way: Syria before the war, Romania just after the revolution, and Nepal when cars were rarely seen. He’s also enjoyed places that are still emerging, Aceh after the tsunami, Cambodia after the wars, and South Africa after apartheid. He’s based in Toronto and spends part of each year in Kuala Lumpur.

Ashley Gillihan, Esq.Ashley Gillihan, Esq.
Alston & Bird LLP

Ashley Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office and a member of Alston & Bird’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Groups. Mr. Gillihan focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health plan administrators and other health and welfare benefit plan service providers. He also has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and insurance companies who serve as Health Savings Account trustees or custodians.
Mr. Gillihan is active in publishing and speaking on various health and welfare benefit plan related topics and serves as a faculty member and/or technical advisor for several health and welfare benefit plan focused organizations.

Mr. Gillihan is a member of the Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Technical Advisory Council and the board of editors for the Benefits and Compensation Law Alert, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers. He was named to the Benefits Committee for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. and served from 2007-2008. He is also a faculty member for the Institute for Applied Management and Law (IAML), and is the primary author of the Flexible Benefits Answer Book published by Aspen Publishers.
Mr. Gillihan received his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association.

Margaret (Magi) GrazianoMargaret (Magi) Graziano
Talent Strategist & CEO
Keen Alignment

Magi Graziano, CEO of Keen Alignment, is a leading talent management expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Wealth of Talent with over 20 years of real-world, hands-on experience in hiring strategy and talent development. She brings neuroscience to hiring, learning and development, and employee engagement. A pioneer in her field, she has developed a talent strategy system that gives business leaders the actionable steps they need to align their corporate strategy with their people strategy and thereby maximize employee effectiveness and engagement and develop high-performing teams who consistently elevate the customer experience.

A certified co-active executive coach, certified employee retention specialist and trainer, and an organizational development and talent architect, Ms. Graziano has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars where she’s captivated audiences with her presentations on conscious hiring, leadership effectiveness, and workforce optimization.

Ryan GrierRyan Grier
Vice President of Marketing
Connect Your Benefits

Ryan Grier launched one of the first and largest home services ancillary benefits programs in the nation. He joined Connect Your Benefits in 2007 and oversees partnerships and business development. He continually works with companies, associations, brokers and PEOs to expand their voluntary benefit offerings for increased engagement and to differentiate their programs. Prior to joining Connect Your Benefits, Mr. Grier was a regional sales manager for DISH Network and worked with companies to offer their employees group discounts on their TV and Internet service.

Carla McCormickCarla McCormick
SVP, Health Management Solutions
Fallon Benefits Group

Carla McCormick leads the Health Management Solutions practice at Fallon Benefits Group and supports domestic and international clients with their efforts to create and maintain a company culture of health and well-being. She collaborates with management teams to generate optimal health, productivity and wellness within their organizations by incorporating innovative strategies, best in class partnerships and engaging support tools. She holds degrees in Exercise Science and Industrial Psychology from Cal State and National University and is a licensed personal trainer, nutritionist and health education specialist.

David JanusDavid Janus
Charlton Consulting Group

David Janus is a principal with Charlton Consulting Group, a Maryland-based firm that provides consulting services, custom software development and outsourcing solutions to HR and benefits professionals across the U.S. and Europe.

His primary focus at Charlton is the development and delivery of total compensation communications. He works with a wide range of employers, helping clients to define their needs and create communications that help employees better understand the true value of their employment relationship.

Mr. Janus brings to his work almost two decades of experience in both technology and communications. Prior to joining Charlton Consulting Group, he worked for The Learning Company, a leading developer of educational multimedia software, as well as with a start-up firm responsible for bringing to market a unique proofreading tool to speed the review of complex legal documents. His educational background includes a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Scott Mondore, Ph.D.Scott Mondore, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Strategic Management Decisions (SMD)

Dr. Scott Mondore is a predictive analytics expert, technology innovator, best-selling author and speaker with over 17 years of experience in the areas of HR technology, analytics, strategy, talent management, measurement, organizational development and customer experience. He is a pioneer in developing the new way for HR to approach surveys and assessments: moving from a focus on the outcomes of surveys to utilizing surveys and assessments to impact business outcomes. As a way to lead this change, he and Dr. Douthitt harnessed their HR expertise, business experience, and advanced knowledge of statistical methodologies to co-author two books, “Investing in What Matters: Linking Employees to Business Outcomes” (SHRM 2009) and “Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results” (SHRM 2011). Both have been Top 10 SHRM best-sellers for multiple years. His forthcoming book “Predicting Business Success” will be out in June 2018.

Recognized for his unique opinion and deep expertise, he was a recipient of the Walker Award for ‘best advances in state-of-the-art HR practice’ and is called upon frequently to speak. He has also published numerous articles in prestigious business and psychology journals in the areas of leadership effectiveness, employee litigation, assessments and employee safety.

Prior to founding SMD, Mr. Mondore served as East Region President for a large survey/assessment company. Before that, he worked as a corporate strategy director at Maersk, Inc. He also worked as an organizational effectiveness leader at UPS, focusing on employee assessment and measurement as well as working as a consultant to large and small organizations in both the private and public sector. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in applied psychology from the University of Georgia.

Darrell MoonDarrell Moon

Darrell Moon founded Orriant in 1996 to change the dynamics of healthcare and give employers some control over the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare benefits they offer their employees. He believed that engaging individuals in the management of their own health was a key that had to be inserted back into the economic equation of healthcare. Mr. Moon received both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Master of Health Administration from Brigham Young University. As the CEO, COO, or CFO, he managed 10 different medical and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country prior to creating Orriant, one of the first health coaching companies. Orriant has had tremendous success at improving population health by changing population behavior. He has also had more than a decade of experience successfully managing population mental health by focusing on preventive interventions and care integration. He is a Forbes Leadership Contributor as well as a top speaker for Vistage CEO groups on controlling healthcare costs.

Carol PhillipsCarol Phillips
National Health & Wellness Expert
Health Design

Carol Phillips is a national health and wellness expert, the multiple award-winning author of 52 Simple Ways to Health, and host of the Ask Coach Carol radio show on WTPL-FM. As an energetic corporate health coach and consultant, she has helped hundreds of employers and countless employees improve their wellness using her proven techniques. Her company, Health Design, helps employers significantly reduce costs and increase productivity by Turning Wellness into Profits!

As a sought-after keynote speaker, Ms. Phillips entertains audiences while giving them the tools they need to positively transform their lives. In addition to 28 years of health and wellness experience, she holds degrees in Exercise Science and Health Education. She was one of New Hampshire’s first Wellness Coordinators when former Governor Lynch issued an Executive Order designed to promote health and wellness to NH State employees and their families.

Ms. Phillips is the founder of Coach Carol and Friends, the online group health coaching program, which empowers individuals to create happier and healthier lives through a positive, back-to-basics approach and a supportive network of like-minded people.

Lisa RuethLisa Rueth
Senior Partner & CEO
Cultivate Leadership

Lisa Rueth is Sr. Partner and CEO of Cultivate Leadership, a consulting firm in Austin, San Francisco and Auckland New Zealand dedicated to Leadership Science, Organizational Design and Executive Coaching. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Rueth has dedicated her career to helping organizations with the mechanics of leadership, human performance and systems of collaboration. She is a captivating speaker specializing in helping leadership teams through accurate diagnosis of their performance struggles. Whether working on culture engineering, leadership development, team building, change management, executive coaching, strategic planning, M&A or turn-around projects, she has the ability to help teams focus on the most important effort, while developing the leaders and culture. Ms. Rueth studied Applied Leadership and Organizational Psychology at the Ken Blanchard School of Business and did graduate work in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University and has a Masters in Social Change, marrying her passion for empowering leaders doing world changing work.

Yvette Montero SalvaticoYvette Montero Salvatico
Managing Director
Kedge, LLC

Yvette is an experienced and engaging speaker who is unique in her ability to transport audiences into the future. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. At The Walt Disney Company, Yvette led the effort to establish Future Workforce Insights to identify future workforce trends and leverage foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. As the co-founder of The Futures School, a multi-disciplinary Strategic Foresight training program, Yvette has built a network of foresight campuses across four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. More than 500 global citizens have joined The Futures School movement to embody a future-empowered mindset. Yvette is also a partner at Kedge – a strategic design, foresight, and innovation firm – where she utilizes extensive research and customized toolkits to service a diverse global client base.

Briana ScearcyBriana Scearcy
Chief People Officer
Stoneridge Software

Briana Scearcy is the Chief People Officer at Stoneridge Software. She leads the company’s human resources, recruiting and readiness and is a passionate about team member advocacy initiatives. Previous employment includes CPA firm Eide Bailly LLP in Fargo, North Dakota where she spent more than three years as a recruiter and human resources advisor for the technology consulting and specialty services divisions. Prior to Eide Bailly, she worked in human resources roles for RDO Equipment Co., Concordia College, and SEI.

Ms. Scearcy holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. She is a certified Predictive Index Analyst and LinkedIn Certified Professional Recruiter.

Mark Schickman, Esq.Mark Schickman, Esq.
Of Counsel
Freeland, Cooper & Foreman LLP

Mark I. Schickman is a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco. He is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter and has written and appeared in numerous employment training videos. He concentrates on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter, handling charges before California and Federal administrative agencies and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union-related charges, and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He is a member of the blue ribbon employment arbitration panel of the America Arbitration Association and has written about and taught labor and employment law across the country.

Mr. Schickman represents California on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and has served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as governor of the State Bar of California—posts that keep him focused on the entire employment law landscape in California.


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.

Vanessa TerzianVanessa Terzian, Esq.
Terzian Law Partners APC

An adjunct professor of Wills and Trusts at Southwestern Law School and named a top attorney of 2017 in Pasadena Magazine and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Vanessa Terzian began her legal career as a Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo, N.A.. This experience working closely with clients, portfolio managers, beneficiaries and other attorneys, shed light on how a poor estate plan can ruin a family’s fortune and their relationships. After witnessing firsthand the importance of proper planning, Ms. Terzian decided to pursue her own practice, helping countless families through her expertise in estate and tax planning, asset protection, elder law, kids protection planning, probate, and trust administration. She is a skilled public speaker and continues to deliver numerous influential seminars on various topics of estate planning, including kids’ protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. As a family woman, Ms. Terzian understands the significance of protecting assets, planning for the future and building your own legacy. She takes pride in providing her clients with the sense of comfort and security that comes along with having an effective and comprehensive estate plan in place.

Sangram VajreSangram Vajre

Sangram Vajre is co-founder and CMO of Terminus, the leader of the account-based marketing (ABM) movement transforming B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, Mr. Vajre led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then to Salesforce. Since co-founding Terminus in 2015, he has helped build one of the fastest growing companies in the Southeast winning numerous awards such as #1 Best Place to Work by The Atlanta Business Chronicle, #1 in Employee Appreciation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Top 50 Best Workplaces in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Terminus was also named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia, and B2B Innovator of the Year by the Technology Association of Georgia. He is the author of “Account-Based Marketing For Dummies” and is the mastermind behind #FlipMyFunnel. Follow him on Twitter @SangramVajre.