Chief Executive Officer
Jeanne Artime brings over 24 years of experience in leading organizations, programs and key initiatives in both the non-profit and for-profit business arenas. As CEO of SHRM-Atlanta, Jeanne leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to design and deliver quality member and resource partner experiences, drive business development and execute the organization’s mission.
Jeanne holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Art Design from Duke University. She currently serves on the PowerMyLearning-Atlanta Board of Directors, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Council, and is an Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow.
Joey is a nationally recognized communication skills coach. He is the author five books on communication skills. His clients include The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, and Georgia Power. He is also on the faculty at The Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.
Work for Warriors Georgia
Veteran Employment Coordinator
Holly Best is a Veteran Employment Coordinator with Work for Warriors Georgia. She counsels and mentors Service Members, Veterans and Spouses during their transition into civilian careers. She has been working in the Transitioning Veterans field for 5 years with various programs throughout Texas, Nevada and now Georgia.
Holly co-founded the Job Club of Reno for the Homeless Veterans and co-chaired the Carson City Veteran Community Council, a collaboration of Veteran friendly/affiliated organizations in the Carson City, Reno area. More recently (in Atlanta) she started the Homelessness among Veterans Initiative with Hire Heroes USA, and was selected to lead and develop the Employment Pillar for VETLANTA with the mission is to make Atlanta a top destination for veterans.
Phillip Blount & Associates, Inc.
Phil Blount is President of Phillip Blount & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm providing clients with custom designed human resources solutions helping to meet the challenges present in today’s changing business environment.
Phil is a native Georgian and earned a BBA in accounting from the University of Georgia and a MBA in management from Georgia State University. He began his career in accounting with a diversified Fortune 250 industrial organization. Over a number of years with this organization he held positions in accounting, human resources and line management. He was responsible for career development and training, management succession planning, and compensation. Phil held positions requiring significant involvement in organization design and merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions from both a human resources and operational standpoint. This unique combination of experiences helped him develop an understanding and appreciation for how human resources initiatives must provide business solutions impacting bottom-line results.
Prior to establishing Phillip Blount & Associates, Inc. in 1996, Phil spent over fifteen years with the Hay Group, one of the world’s largest human resources consulting firms. During that time, he worked with clients in several areas including executive compensation, sales force effectiveness, and the design and implementation of management incentives. Phil also did significant work with clients on organizational design issues and performance improvement. He was a pioneer in the development of one of the first competency-based pay systems in 1990. He served in a number of leadership roles including Vice President and Managing Director of the firm’s operation in the Southern United States. Phil also served on the North American Strategy Committee.
During his consulting career, his clients have included organizations in a wide range of industries and services such as entertainment, hospitality, real estate development, banking, foods, healthcare, retailing, utilities, automotive manufacturing, metal fabrication, construction, agri-business, appliance manufacturing, mining, tire manufacturing, building materials and the not-for-profit and faith-based sectors. Phil’s track record of results and long-standing client relationships have become his hallmark with a number of clients having worked with him for more than twenty years.
Phil is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP), both professional certifications granted by WorldatWork, formally the American Compensation Association. He is the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Atlanta Area Compensation Association. Phil has served as a guest lecturer/speaker for such organizations as the American Management Association, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the National Association of Accountants, the Society for Human Resource Management, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Phil has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, and as President of the Board of the Atlanta Youth Choir and the Board of Advisors for the Entrepreneurship Institute – Atlanta Chapter. He is Chairman of the Board for the ministry KidStuff Around the World.
Sales Director and Senior Facilitator
A graduate of the The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Brooke is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. She has been published in numerous publications including the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and the Huffington Post.
Brooke collaborates with statewide and national organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, and Equality Ohio to discuss the importance of acknowledging unconscious bias in the workplace and lifting up issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Brooke recently presented on LGBTQ Inclusion the Ohio State University National Conference on Race, Diversity and Learning and works extensively on the rights of trans and gender non-conforming populations within central Ohio.
She has facilitated public discussions on Diversity and Inclusion with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including the Columbus Police Department, former NFL players Wade Davis and Chris Kluwe, and future medical professionals at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Brooke serves on the board at Equality Ohio and volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
Brooke started her career at The Crane School of Music in New York studying classical music, and continues to perform regionally and nationally as a stand-up comedian. Brooke also volunteers her time hosting fundraisers for organizations including the Ohio Art League, Human Rights Campaign, Kaleidoscope, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and Equality Ohio. She was recently featured in TedXColumbus Women and was named Columbus’ Best Comedian by Columbus Alive in Spring 2018.
Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer
As Chief Inspiration Officer at First Lead You and SummitX, Adair Cates inspires career-focused dreamers and do-ers be fully engaged at work and to lead the life they love. She’s been speaking to audiences since the 3rd grade, has coached and trained front-line to executive-level leaders as a leadership consultant & coach in the software, healthcare, baby products and real estate industries for the last 8 years and written two self-improvement books, Live with Intention and Fully Engaged.
She has an MA in Training & Performance Improvement and is passionate about empowering women leaders and creating engaging and inspiring workplaces. She is fluent in Spanish, is a self-proclaimed inspiration junkie and coconut milk latte enthusiast. Her favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” She lives in Atlanta with her husband, their toddler twin daughters, au pair, two dogs and a cat.
Fallon Benefits Group
VP, Human Resources Consultant
Danielle Compton serves a diverse client base for Fallon Benefits Group as VP, Human Resources Consultant. She designs tailored HR initiatives aligned with the business strategy of client organizations and provides consultation on a variety of HR needs, including compliance, engagement and talent development.
In addition to her HR Consulting role, Danielle leads the firm’s social media team and serves as an Executive Leadership Coach for clients. Prior to FBG, Danielle specialized in Organizational Development at the Georgia Board of Regents University System Office and a talent management consulting firm in Atlanta.
Danielle earned both her Master’s in HR & Organizational Development and Bachelor’s in Communication degrees from the University of Georgia. She holds the SPHR and SHRM- CP designations and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs® Personality Profile Indicator, DiSC® Profile and Hogan® Assessment. A resident of Roswell, GA, Danielle enjoys sushi dates with her husband, Clay, and practicing yoga.
Holly Firestine, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer
With over 20 years of experience and leadership with healthcare industry principles Navvis, Healthways, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Humana, Holly’s unique combination of talents and non-traditional, entrepreneurial-minded business approach to human resources, enable her to draw upon her diverse career experience to advance organizational business objectives, build credibility and align teams around corporate vision, values and shared goals to win in the marketplace.
A proven business leader with a passion for disrupting traditional human resources practices, Holly is adept in navigating teams through paradox and developing nationally recognized and ranked, award-winning strategies and initiatives that enable people to do their best work every day and the business to succeed. Holly has led teams within a wide variety of high-achieving organizations including early stage high growth startups, privately held and publicly traded companies and she has consulted in the government sector. She has worked with companies and teams in the United States, Southeast Asia, Romania and Colombia.
An Ironman Triathlon Finisher, Holly is a lifelong learner who is driven by opportunities to gain new experiences and test the boundaries of what can be done to fuel the success of people and business in tandem. A creator, risk taker, challenge and adventure seeker, she firmly believes that most transformative achievements, personally and professionally, are on the other side of fear and that true growth occurs when pushed beyond our comfort zone. Holly received her BA in Industrial Psychology from the University of Kentucky and her Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business.
State of Georgia
Chief Information Security Officer
Mr. Gatewood is Chief Information Security Officer for the state of Georgia. He leads GTA’s Office of Information Security, which unifies information security responsibilities for the state’s IT enterprise, the Georgia Enterprise Technology Services program, and GTA. He has more than 33 years of experience in cyber security programs for the U.S. military, state and federal governments, higher education, and global corporations. Prior to joining GTA, Mr. Gatewood served as Director of Cyber Workforce Development for Dell Secureworks. He was also Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Georgia, Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Albany State University, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Mr. Gatewood is a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute, the widely known research center dedicated to privacy, data protection, and information security policy. He has also received numerous honors for his work in the field of information security, served as an active member of several professional associations, and published articles on information security.
Melissa Gordon is President of EchelonCommunicate, LLC, and creator of Speak Like You Mean ItTM, which helps executives and eminent organizations communicate with a voice of power and purpose to drive results. Echelon is a global consultancy offering training, coaching and consulting that grow individual leaders, build tight teams, and drive a winning culture across the enterprise.
Throughout her career as a facilitator, executive coach and award-winning film and television producer, Melissa has worked with some of the world’s most successful organizations, including:
• GE • The Coca-Cola Company • Habitat for Humanity • Emory University
• Creative Education Foundation • The Home Depot • CARE
• IBM • Dimension Data • Manning, Selvage & Lee
• McKesson • Hexagon/Leica • Cox Automotive • Ultimate Software
Melissa believes that successful leaders are grounded in authenticity and can articulate purpose clearly, making powerful communication skills a strategic asset. Melissa works with CEOs and senior leaders who commit to creating positive impact in the world, pursue a compelling vision for the future, and are accountable for results.
U.S. Dept. of Labor, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service
Atlanta Regional Veterans’ Employment Coordinator
Matthew Grob serves as the Atlanta Regional Veterans’ Employment Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) since June 2015. Matthew provides consultative expertise and advisory services to regional and national employers through direct engagement and strategic partnerships with Veterans’ organizations, state workforce partners and government agencies to promote Veterans’ employment opportunities. He oversees employment initiatives with the DOL VETS and state workforce agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Matthew enlisted in the US Army in 1989 and served as an Intelligence Specialist in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and tours in Germany and Italy from 1990 through 1996. He then separated from active duty and enrolled in the Simultaneous Membership Program in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Army ROTC program. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in July, 1999. Matthew’s assignments include directing a Human Resources department of a transportation agency and commanding a regional Human Resources unit in Germany and Kuwait. He culminated his military career as the Senior Program Manager and Force Development Officer for Headquarters, US Army Europe leading Army-wide transformation programs over a 6-year period.
Upon retirement, Matthew and his family relocated from Heidelberg, Germany to the Atlanta, Georgia area and found most meaning and purpose in serving his fellow Veterans, their families and the military community. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, and served as a Veteran Transition Specialist with Hire Heroes USA, a nationwide non-profit organization providing personalized transition and career coaching to US military Veterans, service members and their spouses. In September 2015, Matthew was elected to the Executive Board of VETLANTA, an all-volunteer Veterans community organization, and currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer.
Matthew has earned an Executive MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Communication from Concordia University – Wisconsin. He has an extensive background in Program and Project Management with certified Lean Six Sigma training and experience.
Dr. Rebecca Heiss
Rebecca Heiss, LLC
Dr. Rebecca Heiss
Business, biology, brain science: Dr. Rebecca Heiss brings the best of all three worlds together. With her expertise in human behavior and evolutionary psychology, Rebecca’s style brings her audiences along for an enlightening journey into their own minds. After earning a PhD with research designated as “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Rebecca went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts”—subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. As the CEO and founder of Biologic Balance (a stress monitoring and reduction company) she stays busy helping others “become their best biological selves.” Described as a creative thought leader, Rebecca was honored to deliver a TEDx on a portion of her work and has built her career on helping others break through their “BS” (Blind Spots); ancestral brain pathways mismatched with a modern environment. Having conquered the business of biology, Dr. Heiss has turned her focus to revolutionizing the biology of business.
Rebecca’s engaging personality energizes individuals and organizations to view their behaviors and choices through an insightful new lens. Her accessible and humorous keynotes and workshops empower clients to “connect the dots” to transform conceptual frameworks into actionable items that deliver results.
Vice President, HR Search
Teela Jackson has successfully partnered with organizations to identify, attract and acquire key talent. She is Vice President, HR Search with Talent Connections. Teela has enjoyed a progressive career with the firm since joining in 2005 and leads the HR Search Practice. Teela received the Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Award and is a member of the 10th class of honorees. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves as SHRM Georgia District Director. She has been an active volunteer leader with the largest city chapter in the country, SHRM-Atlanta, for 10+ years and serves as a Board Advisor. Teela was the first African-American female President of SHRM-Atlanta in 2014. She has been awarded the SHRM-Atlanta Presidential Leadership Award and SHRM Georgia Volunteer of the Year Award. She is also the founder of SHRM-Atlanta’s HR Young Professionals Community.
Teela has also served as a Board Member for the Brian Jordan Foundation (retired MLB player), volunteered with Crossroads Career Network, Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS), Habitat for Humanity and she gives time and clothing to foster children. Teela is active across professional social media platforms – LinkedIn & Twitter. She has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, WXIA-TV 11Alive News and frequently speaks at professional association meetings and conferences across the US. Teela earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Mercer University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from The University of Tennessee at Martin. Teela is originally from Nashville, TN and has called the Atlanta area home since 2000.
RightPath, Resources Inc.
Co-Founding President and CEO
Jerry Mabe is the co-founding president and CEO of RightPath Resources, Inc., a leadership and talent development company. RightPath has a vision and calling for leading individuals and organizations to align people, passions and positions to achieve their full potential. RightPath Resources provides leadership and talent solutions, utilizing a proprietary Cloud based suite of assessments measuring hard-wired, natural behavior (Path4/6), career development, EQ (Emotional Intelligence), and key leadership attributes (RightPath LQ360⁰). RightPath also provides consulting services in leadership development and assessment, hiring, teambuilding, career development, Leadership Continuity (RightPath’s approach to succession planning), family businesses and executive coaching.
Clients include executive level individuals and teams at many Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, multiple NFL teams’ leadership, medical/health care related business and high net worth entrepreneurial families and their businesses. RightPath solutions are taught in universities, MBA/business schools and seminaries in the United States. Major clients include Coca-Cola, Aflac, TSYS, Southern Company, Clorox, Waste Management, Scripps Institute (Fortune’s Top Health Care Leadership), Regions Bank, Atlanta Falcons, The Packers, 49’ers, Ravens, Vikings, ADP, Publix, McKesson, State Farm Insurance, The John Maxwell Co. and many others.
Jerry brings a unique blend of his own diverse personal experience as a Fortune 500 and 1000 senior executive and corporate officer and a successful entrepreneur along with a passion for Calling to his work with clients. He recently released his new book “Develop You, Develop Your Team….on the RightPath”.
Christopher is CEO at TalentKeepers. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the human resources industry, the majority of which has been in the employee engagement, selection, assessment, and retention arena. Christopher co-founded TalentKeepers in 2000. Prior to co-founding TalentKeepers, Christopher was the Vice President of Business Development for AlignMark, a former division of The Thomson Corporation. Christopher is a national speaker and published author on the subject of employee engagement and retention including a book “Talent Keepers: How to Engage and Retain Great People” published in 2017. Christopher is a member of the American Psychological Society and an Associate Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Florida State University, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Barbara Reilly
Turknett Leadership Group
Sr. Leadership Consultant
Dr. Barbara Reilly
Dr. Barbara Reilly, a senior leadership consultant at Turknett Leadership Group, has a broad consulting and academic background. She has coached over 200 leaders over twenty years and has worked with numbers of organizations across the United States and Canada in a variety of industries. Dr. Reilly also works with leaders and leadership teams to facilitate strategic planning, conducts talent reviews, helps eliminate barriers to high performance, and helps design and implement change initiatives. She has extensive experience in both the private and public sector. In her most recent prior role, Dr. Reilly served as the SVP for Employee, Nurse, and Physician Engagement at Press Ganey Associates. Dr. Reilly coached with Turknett Leadership Group from 1996 to 2011. She is a sought-after speaker as well, averaging 25 keynote speeches per year for the past five years.
Dr. Reilly also currently teaches Executive Leadership in the Georgia State University Robinson College of Business EMBA program. She was previously a faculty member at Georgia State University for over 15 years, serving as Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Managerial Sciences. She has also taught internationally at United Arab Emirates University in Abu Dhabi and at Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) in Nicosia and Limassol. Her research interests include employee engagement, large-scale change, leveraging survey feedback, effective team deployment, resilience, mindfulness, multigenerational leadership, and resistance to change.
Dr. Reilly received her doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and she has completed postdoctoral training in international business from USC. She is a frequent contributor to psychology and management journals and is an active member of a number of professional organizations.
Senior Manager, Assurance
Jagruti is an assurance senior manager at Aprio. Prior to joining Aprio, Jagruti worked as an auditor at Maganlal Thacker & Co (a member company of Alliott Group, UK) a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Oman.
She has worked for the firm since November 2007, specializing in manufacturing and technology, including fintech (SaaS, software, blockchain). Jagruti is part of the firm’s blockchain practice with a focus on accounting and auditing.
She has dealt with issues in revenue recognition, business combinations, consolidations, variable interest entities, capitalization of intangible assets and software development costs, fair value accounting, discontinued operations, troubled debt restructure, share-based compensation, alternative financial instruments including hedge funds and other derivatives, and audits of cryptocurrencies/blockchain. She is specifically focused on working with software companies and assisting them with assessing the impact of the new revenue recognition standard. Additionally, she has experience in risk assessment, identifying and testing internal controls over financial reporting, researching complex technical accounting matters and drafting technical accounting memos.
Jagruti writes articles, whitepapers and blogs around revenue recognition and regularly conducts webinars and implements case studies with strategic revenue recognition partners like RevPro/Leeyo, NetSuite, SaaSOptics and Softrax.
Jagruti received her Bachelors of Commerce in Advanced Accounting and Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance from India. She graduated with her MBA in Management Accounting from Iowa. She holds a CPA in the State of Georgia.
Jagruti’s professional affiliations include:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
- The Institute of Internal Auditors
Alan Stein, Jr.
Raise Your Game
Performance Coach, Consultant, Speaker & Author
Alan Stein, Jr.
Alan Stein, Jr. is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet.
Alan delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops to improve performance, cohesion and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity.
In other words, Alan teaches how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.
He is an amicably divorced father of twin sons (Luke and Jack) and a daughter (Lyla) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
Dr. Katie Stone
Fallon Benefits Group
EVP of Strategy and Development
Dr. Katie Stone
Dr. Katie Stone is the EVP of Strategy and Development with Fallon Benefits Group in Atlanta, Georgia. As founding member of FBG, Katie is integral in continual development of the firm’s culture, employee development and innovative client service offering. She leads service delivery teams including Account Management, HR Consulting, Wellness and Operations.
Prior to her tenure with FBG, Katie served as SVP of HR Consulting for Wachovia Bank and built the first HR Department for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Katie has presented for several Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) events, including the SHRM National Conference in Washington, D.C., the HR Florida State Conference in Orlando and the SHRM-Atlanta Annual Conference.
Katie earned a Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University, an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida, and a B.S. in Management from the University of Tampa. She holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs® Personality Profile Indicator, DiSC® Profile and Hogan® Assessment. After living in New York and Florida, Katie is glad to call Atlanta home and enjoys life in the city with her husband, Mike. She maintains her love for the NY Mets and Tampa Bay Lightning and cheers for them passionately.
Erin Wolf is a nationally-recognized speaker, executive coach and consultant in the areas of leadership development, diversity, organizational change, and organizational strategy. She has more than 25 years of experience and has worked for well-known firms such as Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Salomon Brothers Inc.
Erin is the Managing Partner of SuiteTrack, a firm dedicated to helping companies advance their female professionals and future leaders in the workplace. She is also the Founding Director of Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center where she develops and implements initiatives and connections that help women students and professionals reach their full leadership potential.
Immediately prior to Kennesaw and SuiteTrack, Erin was head of strategy for two different $1Billion + revenue companies. Previously, she was a Wall Street investment banker with Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs and then a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. She has authored two books, Lessons From the Trenches: A Woman’s Guide to Winning the Corporate Game and If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Secrets to Success from Top Women Business Leaders.
A former nationally ranked tennis player and scholarship athlete, Erin received her BA Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Spanish from Duke University and her MBA from Harvard University.