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Janet Cox, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist, Synapse

Dr. Cox is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Georgia with close to 30 years of experience in the area of substance use and cooccurring disorders. Dr. Cox has worked as an independent practitioner; been the Director of Psychological Services for a large professional group serving outpatients and providing oversight of an inpatient, dual diagnosis unit at a local psychiatric hospital; the Chief Psychologist for a national treatment hospital serving both adolescents and adults, and the Clinical Director for long-term residential treatment center. During her career, Dr. Cox has worked with diverse populations using a variety of clinical specialties and treatment modalities. She is certified in clinical hypnosis and Reiki. Dr. Cox’s other specializations include abuse/survivor issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, behavioral medicine, sport psychology and psychological assessments. Dr. Cox received her Ph.D. in Leadership, Management and Counseling Psychology followed by a two-year Post Doctorate track in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Social Psychology is from East Tennessee State University. She performed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at the Pain Control and Rehabilitation Institute of Georgia. She is the member of a number of professional organizations such as the American Psychological Associations and the Georgia Psychological Association. She volunteers with the ServeGA in Fulton County, the Disaster Response Network with the Red Cross, and the Public Education Committee of GPA. Dr. Cox is co-author of a book in the mental health field, an accomplished professional athlete, and an international lecturer and consultant.

The Human Capital Group

Ginger Duncan

Sr Leadership Consultant, The Human Capital Group

GINGER DUNCAN, Senior Consultant and Executive Coach, specializes in the development of leaders and teams to gain competitive advantage and deliver sustainable business results. With over 20 years experience in leadership development, coaching, facilitation and training, plus 11 years leading the talent development function in a corporate setting, Ginger has extensive experience partnering throughout organizations to guide strategic business alignment. Her work in leadership consulting consists of partnering with Biltmore Estates, Duke Health, ExxonMobil, Anderson Healthcare, Portola Packaging, Transamerica, Ingram Industries, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Retrieving Independence, Healing Hands International, Hopkinsville, KY, Board of Education and others.

As an Executive Coach with the Human Capital Group, Ginger serves organizations as they Find, Strengthen and Grow their leadership talent and the teams that support them. She has a focused approach on the healthy integration of leaders and the development of high performing teams as they both contribute to the overall health and success of any organization.

Ginger’s values-based approach to coaching equips her with sound, practical and timely expertise rooted in the servant-leadership model. As an approachable yet direct partner, Ginger guides and coaches while helping her clients translate their business goals and executable plans to align with the needs of the business.

Ginger received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts Boston and two graduate degrees from Murray State University in Kentucky. She is also a certified Master Coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute and holds certifications in various team and individual assessments.

Ginger is on the advisory board of Impact Nashville, a non-profit womens giving circle that empowers women to collectively invest in and develop non-profits that serve the community so that together we can create a greater Nashville.

The Soft Skill Professor

Benjamin Garner, Ph.D.

President, The Soft Skill Professor, LLC

Dr. Benjamin Garner (Ph.D., Communication) is an associate professor in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Garner’s research focuses on Soft Skills, Business Communication, and Consumer Behavior. He has authored more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, and his documentary films have screened at film festivals and shown on TV. He also specializes in soft skills training, e-learning, and video production.

Contact Dr. Garner via LinkedIn or by email, benjamin_garner@ung.edu or benjamin@thesoftskillprofessor.com.

VWH Consulting

Vicki Wright Hamilton

President & CEO of VWH Consulting

An accomplished technology leader with over 20 years’ of experience in highly-matrixed organizations, Vicki Wright-Hamilton is an internationally renowned technology executive, strategic and multidisciplinary change agent, author and visionary for operational excellence.

Vicki currently serves as President & CEO of VWH Consulting, a firm she developed to help company’s flex and align their strategic approaches with the fast-paced, ever-changing technological business environments in order to remain relevant and competitive. As a consultant to some of the world’s most recognizable brands, Vicki partners with executive game changers to develop and execute a broad range of organizational and revenue improvements.

Vicki’s first book,’Game Face: Corporate Success Strategies of a Trailblazing Tech Warrior,’ invites readers on a triumphant journey with her – a self-drive force of nature, passionate female and proud African-American, who happens to also be a tech-savvy phenom.
She offers an intimate look at the challenges of “technology” from a woman’s perspective. Through personal and professional accounts, Vicki shares unprecedented takeaways to help organizations successfully recruit and retain diverse talent, while avoiding the common pitfalls destined to cripple companies that, for whatever reasons, do not seek and embrace the technological prowess and contributions of women of color.

Leading a life that has successfully navigated a plethora of “diverse” affiliations, Vicki’s roles as a corporate executive, minority, entrepreneur, technology developer, daughter, wife, and mother have enabled her to speak expertly about a vast range of experiences in a white, male-dominated industry. Her passion resonates as she delivers “straight from the hip” guidance with takeaways that are often implemented before she even walks off the stage.

Vicki also conducts private and group coaching sessions where she guides her partners through a step-by-step, proprietary program that leverages tangible success strategies into personal, professional and profitable assets.

Vicki is the former President of Women in Technology (WIT) and currently serves on the organization’s Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Growing Leaders, a dynamic leadership program that prepares tomorrow’s leaders for the opportunities and challenges facing our global landscape.

Vicki is the mother of two adult sons Arthur (Angelica) and Brandon, and an “over the moon” grandmother to one. She and her husband Harold reside in Atlanta, GA.

SIGMA Assessment Systems

Glen Harrison

Director, SIGMA Assessment Systems

Glen started his journey with Sigma Assessment Systems nearly two decades ago managing a large scale employee development project for Chrysler that involved over 30,000 management and staff. Over his career, Glen has worked with a third of the Fortune 500 and with every level of government in Canada and the United States.

In the process, Glen has delivered workshops to over 10,000 people across 49 states (sorry Wyoming, he’ll get there eventually), 10 provinces, 1 territory, 107 cities, and 9 countries.

Foundation for Financial Wellness

Brent Hines

Founder and Executive Director, Foundation for Financial Wellness

Brent Hines is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of professional speaking experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Foundation for Financial Wellness. The mission of the Foundation is to improve peoples lives by empowering them with the knowledge, motivation and tools to take control of their financial lives.

He’s brought his message, The Case for Financial Wellness, to a wide variety of audiences, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, TransAmerica, DuPont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the United States Air Force Academy, and many more.

The National Wellness Institute recently selected the Foundation for Financial Wellness to be their Preferred Provider for delivering financial wellness programs. Brent has also been featured by WELCOA, who published four of his articles in their Life On the Move publication.

In his free time, Brent enjoys the Colorado outdoors or sailing in the Caribbean with his family and friends.

unboXt, Inc.

Hakeem Isaac

Founder of unboXt, Inc.

Hakeem Isaac is a former investment banker and passionate entrepreneur who is dedicated to ensuring future generations have equity and belonging in the workplace. He earned his Accounting degree from Morehouse College, and was professionally trained by the likes of Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCooper and Fifth Third Bank.

Hakeem is the Founder of unboXt, Inc., a data analytics enterprise that helps companies visually identify the subcultures within their organization. unboXt helps leaders create a consumer-based employee experience for their teams. Within the last year, since launching the product, the company has been valued as a multi-million dollar business. They work with small and large companies, such as Allstate, State Farm, Comcast, Pexip and more. Hakeem has been featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle (People on the Move), Marietta Daily Journal, Hypepotamus, Why HBCU column and UrbanGeekz. Also, having working partnerships with Usher’s New Look Foundation, University of Southern California Marshall School and United Way. He serves as the Board chair for Urban League’s national Project Ready program.

Prior to founding unboXt, Hakeem worked at PwC. While there he identified and spearheaded an initiative to engage and develop entry-level and mid-level managers. The result was a documented increase in morale and a 12% increase in new hire engagement. After PwC, Hakeem went to work at Fifth Third bank and has had the opportunity to experience and work in a variety of markets, from Charlotte, NC, to Los Angeles, CA, to Cincinnati, OH, and more recently, Atlanta, GA. He accredits his willingness to be nimble and diligent to being named the youngest appointed Corporate VP within the banks $170B footprint. Hakeem led the bank’s Middle Market Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) clientele for the Southeast region.

When Hakeem is not working on his startup, he enjoys competing in Ironman races, marathons or teaching financial literacy to anyone willing to listen. Hakeem’s life truth is — a dream will forever remain a dream without the capital (fiscal or human) to bring it to fruition. Therefore he has devoted himself to ensuring all classes have the exposure and opportunity to increase their capital.

Willis Towers Watson

Kirstie Settas Jones

National Leader – Health Management Practice, H&B NA Brokerage & Advisory, Willis Towers Watson

Kirstie brings over 25 years of experience in corporate health management, wellness and wellbeing consulting to her clients. She joined Willis Towers Watson in October 2013 and works with numerous employers across the nation in developing programs that align with the overall strategy of the organization, while managing a team of nine regionally based consultants across the country.

Much of her previous experience was with a consulting company, HealthStart Inc, that she established in 1996. The firm was focused on driving wellbeing strategies for organizations with more than 1,000 employees in multiple locations to maintain program consistency across multiple geographies. After moving to South Florida in 2008, she began her work in the broker/consultant space, where she sat on several committees to further the wellbeing agenda for the state and county. Her experience covers all aspects of business operations, but is concentrated in the health and wellness arena.

Kirstie’s knowledge of the marketplace includes:
-Design, delivery, development and implementation of health and wellness program strategies
-Strong client and vendor relationships
-Understanding of carrier/broker relationships
-Experience with multi-cultural and multiple location clients

She has had numerous speaking engagements and published articles, built long-term client relationships and also holds a FL 215 license. Kirstie holds an accounting degree from Chancellor University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

NFP Pharmacy Practice

David Lee

Managing Director, NFP Pharmacy Practice

Dave started his career in 1989 with Merck Pharmaceuticals, where he held numerous positions in their Corporate Headquarters. In 1998, he was promoted to Director, Managed Markets, and was responsible for all of the Managed Markets channels including Health Plans, PBMs, Employers, Government Affairs, and Employee Benefit Consultants. After 22 years with Merck, Dave became President of ProCareRx PBM, one of the largest privately held PBMs in the nation covering over 9,000,000 lives. In 2014, he started Med/SN LLC, a full-service pharmacy consulting company that helped employers and patients lower their pharmacy expenses. Dave joined NFP in 2018, and is the Managing Director for the NFP Pharmacy Practice called Rx Solutions. Dave and his team provide Rx Consulting for employers greater than 1,000 covered members. NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits through our licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. NFP Rx Solutions manages a proprietary PBM Coalition and provides Pharmacy Consulting services for over 1,200,000 lives in all 50 states.

CareerMinds

Raymond Lee

CEO, CareerMinds

Raymond Lee is the Founder and CEO of Careerminds, a technology enabled outplacement and retirement coaching company launched in 2008. He has over 18 years of human resource, outplacement, and career consulting experience, and hes also a certified retirement coach. Raymond pioneered the concept of virtual outplacement after years of delivering traditional outplacement in a variety of HR roles, and saw a huge opportunity to align career transition programs with the way people were actually looking for jobs. When Raymond started the company, he had one goal in mind: to create forward thinking transition programs that reduced employee stress. This included developing robust software to personalize the transition experience for all levels of the organization, and hiring expert consultants to support participants every step of the way. Raymond holds his bachelors in psychology and a masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. He sits on the Careerminds Board of Directors, is the President of the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, and is an active speaker and contributor to HRPS & SHRM. Raymond has been featured on SiriusXM 111 Business Radio, Wall Street Journal and Fox Business News.

Martenson Law

Marty Martenson

Managing Partner, Martenson Law

Over the last 30 years, Marty N. Martenson has earned a reputation for outstanding results when representing management in a variety of capacities throughout the United States. Whether in the courtroom defending claims of discrimination, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, or advising clients as to the labor and/or employment landscape, clients benefit greatly from his high level of experience, leadership and insight. It’s no wonder Marty is frequently asked to speak on such topics at seminars, trade shows, and to numerous industry groups and associations across the country.
Marty frequently represents multi-national companies in connection with labor and employment and general human resources due diligence on both the buyer- and seller-side. Marty has particular experience representing in-bound foreign corporations without current U.S. operations. Cross-border employment issues can often obstruct a deal, and Marty identifies risks, exposure, and options for mitigating such issues with the goal of efficiently reaching a deal. Further, post-deal, Marty guides clients from the first new hire through instituting company-wide labor and employment practices for thousands of employees.

Marty has received numerous accolades for his labor and employment work, including the MartindaleHubbell AV Peer Review Rating. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Marist School and Notre Dame Academy, both in Atlanta. In his college days, you could find Marty on the NC State football team playing for the Wolfpack.

Fisher Phillips LLP

Jennifer Sandberg

Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

Jennifer Sandberg is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. Employers, In-House Counsel, and Human Resource professionals view her as a trusted advisor providing solid business advice. She works to understand her clients’ business and desired business outcomes in order to provide creative and cost-effective advice and counsel. She assists clients in accomplishing business objectives in the most efficient manner possible. Her advice is custom-tailored for employers with tens of thousands of employees or those with a mere handful of employees. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to providing clients with day-to-day preventive advice as employers design, manage, and carry out business initiatives. Clients appreciate her “no nonsense” approach to both daily concerns and developing major issues.

Fisher Phillips LLP

Terri Stewart

Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP

Terri Stewart is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. She represents management in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.
Her practice focuses on the defense of employment related lawsuits in trial and appellate courts, encompassing a variety of issues, including claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and related state claims such as trade secret infringement, restrictive covenants, breach of contract and tort actions.

Terri also frequently advises employers on reductions in force, drafts employment agreements, personnel policies, separation agreements and releases, and conducts on-site training on topics such as employment law compliance and avoidance of harassment claims.

Terri has been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2011. She also received the top “40 under 40” Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The award honors the top 40 business people in Atlanta under the age of 40. Recently, she was chosen by the Daily Report, Atlanta’s leading legal newspaper, as a member of the 2015 class of “On the Rise” – the top 40 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40. Terri is also a recent graduate of the L.E.A.D. Atlanta Class (a division of Leadership Atlanta).

Jason Treu Executive Coaching

Jason Treu

Executive Coach, Jason Treu Executive Coaching

Jason Treu (Troy) is a leadership and performance coach for executives, managers, employees, and business owners. His programs and systems help individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their most ambitious goals by skyrocketing their skills, abilities, and teamwork.

Jason also has in the trenches experience, helping build a billion-dollar company and working with many Fortune 100 companies. He spent 15+ years working in marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley working with influential leaders such as Steve Jobs (Apple & Pixar), Reed Hastings (CEO at Netflix), Mark Cuban, Mark Hurd (CEO at HP), Paul Wahl (President of SAP), and many others.

Through his coaching, his clients have also met industry influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Chris Anderson, high-profile VCs, and many others. He’s also helped his clients create more than $1 billion dollars in wealth over the past five years and secure seats on influential boards such as TEDx and xPrize.

Jason is the best-selling author of Social Wealth, a how-to-guide on building extraordinary business relationships, that has sold more than 60,000 copies.

He also was a featured speaker at 2017 TEDxWilmington for his talk on, “How to Get CoWorkers to Like Each Other.” His breakthrough employee engagement and team building game Cards Against Mundanity has been played by more than 12000+ people to increase performance. It’s being used in leading companies such as Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Ernst & Young, Google, Gillette, Microsoft, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Worldwide Express, CareHere, Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA team), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Novartis, Merck, Intel, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and many others.

He has his law degree and master’s in communications from Syracuse University.

Rollins, Inc.

Nanci Yelisetty

Director, Human Resources/Employee Relations, Rollins, Inc.

Nanci Yelisetty began her career in Human Resources in 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from The University of Maryland University College. Additionally, she has been certified as a SHRM-SCP since 2015, and as a SPHR since 2005. Currently, she serves as the Director of Employee Relations at Rollins, Inc., a premier global consumer and commercial services company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Formerly, Nanci was the Director of the Associate Relations Resolution Team (ARRT) for Anthem, Inc., a leading health benefits company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, and the Director of Human Resources Compliance for HMSHost,Inc., the world’s largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Nanci has also worked in Human Resources and Learning/Development for The Home Depot, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Nanci has lived in the Atlanta Metro area for five years.