David is a Member of Cozen O’Connor’s labor and employment department and leader of the Firm’s Coronavirus Taskforce.
Because of David’s common sense approach to labor and employment issues, he is often quoted in newspapers and magazines. He has also appeared as an employment law professional on talk radio and local CBS and Fox affiliates.
David is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the state of Texas and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly magazine. When not helping clients, David can be found leading his son’s Boy Scout troop, running a marathon, or hiking on a mountain.
Eric M. Bailey is the President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, one of the fastest-growing communication consulting firms in the United States. Eric has a diverse set of experiences that includes helping NFL Pro-Bowler Larry Fitzgerald pet a rhinoceros, doing barrel rolls in an F-16, and chatting with LL Cool J on the campus of Harvard University.
Eric is the creator of the Principles of Human Understanding™, a leadership and communication methodology based in brain science and psychology. Eric’s unique style blends fact and emotion and finds ways to appeal to the analytical thinkers, the emotional feelers, and everyone in between. Eric has been featured on Huffington Post, Forbes, the Like a Real Boss Podcast and has helped leaders and teams across North America see common problems from new and different perspectives. Eric works with Google Inc, the US Air Force, Los Angeles County, the City of St. Louis, MO, Phoenix PD and many more.
Eric is a bestselling author and holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Saint Louis University. He is a lifelong learner of human and organizational behavior. When not working or researching, you can find Eric and his wife Jamie racing on their road bikes, being cheered on by their three children.
Jodi Brandstetter, SPHR, SHRM SCP
Chief Talent Strategist and Author
Jodi Brandstetter, SPHR, SHRM SCP is passionate about talent acquisition and uses design thinking in creating selection and hiring processes focused on people and business. She has 20 years of talent acquisition experience and is certified through IDEO U in design thinking. Jodi is the CEO and founder of Lean Effective Talent Strategies which includes The Hiring Blueprint, talent acquisition consulting firm and Talent Acquisition Evolution, a community for recruiting professionals to connect, learn, and work together. Her first book Hire By Design, launched September 18th and hit best seller in 7 Amazon Categories. Jodi lives outside of Cincinnati, OH with her husband and daughter.
Gary Campbell is an avid endurance sport enthusiast, piano hobbyist, and part time chess coach for a local high school on Fridays.
Gary is the founder of WineView, a Gen Z specific app, and has an office at the Atlanta Tech Village. Gary became a public speaker because people kept asking him “what is wrong with your generation?” and so he felt he had to shed some light on what is really going on.
Keely Jac Collins, Esquire, LL.M.
As both counselor and advocate for businesses large and small across all sectors, unionized and non-unionized, Keely takes a practical approach to advising and advocating for businesses nationwide. Both small family businesses and corporate boards of directors have benefited from Keely’s attention to the details of law and business, creative solutions, and zealous advocacy for businesses in negotiations before numerous administrative agencies, and in all levels of state and federal court. As an experienced collaborator with large organizations’ in-house counsel and general and employment counsel, Keely is trusted by other attorneys to strengthen the value they offer to the organizations they serve.
Keely was selected by her peers as a 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She holds an LL.M. in tax, with a specialization in employee benefits, from Villanova University School of Law, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law.
Diamara DeSouza, MHRM, SHRM-CP
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
Diamara DeSouza, MSHRM, SHRM-CP began her HR journey assisting the Head of HR at Ann Taylor Corporate, now Ann Inc. Over the past 10 years, Diamara had held various singled threaded SME roles, HR Generalist roles, and Sr. HRBP roles for ADP, MBUSA, and most recently Amazon. She has experience supporting corporate and field teams often referred to as a trusted advisor by the teams she supports. Talent Management is one of Diamara’s favorite HR competencies. She has supported over 100 new HR leaders understand and implement effective talent strategies at Amazon using mechanisms that work. Diamara enjoys teaching others how to avoid unconscious bias, evaluate talent fairly and consistently, and implement action plans that support growth and development.
CEO, Keynote Speaker, Author
Chris Dyer is a recognized performance expert. Constantly intrigued by what makes some businesses and individuals more successful than others, Chris has dedicated years of research to uncovering what drives productivity and profits. As a sought-after speaker, consultant, and certified SCRUM Master, he works with leading organizations to help transform cultures to boost performance and gain an even greater edge in the marketplace. Chris is the author of The Power of Company Culture, which was released in 2018. He is also the Founder and CEO of PeopleG2, a background check company that has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies.
Director of HR Client Services
Christie L. Engler, SPHR, SHRM-CP, MHRM, is an HR practitioner with 15 years’ experience in the field. Christie has worked with hundreds of small and mid-sized businesses, primarily in the outsourcing space. Her areas of specialty include employee relations, employment law and compliance, training and development, coaching, process improvement, risk management, and payroll and benefits administration. Christie is the graduate of The Ohio State University and the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. She has earned the SPHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Christie is a member of SHRM and HRACO. Christie lives in Columbus, Ohio with her wonderful husband, James, and their two daughters, Avery and Emily. She spends a lot of time at Orangetheory Fitness and is a fanatic of Ohio State football.
Joseph Gorordo, LCDC
Vice President of Business Development
Joseph Gorordo is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. He is also the Vice President of Business Development for Recovery Unplugged, a substance abuse treatment program located in four states. Joseph is currently the Chapter President for the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, of which he has been a member since 2016. After beginning his work as a counselor in 2010 his career led him to develop inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in a variety of settings. Joseph believes his best skill sets lie in working with adolescents, the delivery of social services, chemical dependency treatment, and education and training. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Joseph frequently delivers presentations to employer groups and clinical organizations. He has his Associate of Arts in both Chemical Dependency and General Studies from Central Texas College. In Joseph’s words “I am passionate about helping people in any way I can and believe that approaching any problem requires being able to adapt to the needs of the client and meeting them where they are.”
John P. Hagan
John P. Hagan is an HR attorney who practices nationwide employment law from his office in Allen, Texas and is Board Certified in Texas Labor and Employment Law. He is ranked by his peers to be in the top 5% of all lawyers in Texas and is an award-winning author for the College of the State Bar. Mr. Hagan has written on many employment law issues, including damages, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mr. Hagan has co-authored the Employment Law Handbook – Texas (Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce) and Texas Employment Law for James Publishing.
Mr. Hagan and his firm represent a wide range of national companies of all sizes and in all industries. His specialty is counselling companies using best practices and preventative HR resulting in less litigation. He has served as President for both DallasHR and Mid-Cities HRA. He serves on committees for Collin County HR Association. He has been selected to present at one of the largest HR conventions (HRSW – HR-Southwest) for the last 5 years.
Mr. Hagan has been named consistently as a SuperLawyer (©Thomson Reuters) from 2010 – 2020.
Vice President, Digital Strategy
Maria Hayes leads the Digital Strategy team at Equifax Workforce Solutions, driving digital solutions for complex onboarding and off-boarding challenges. She has spent the majority of her career in the HR technology industry, gaining expertise in the areas of integrations, UX/UI and compliance and reporting software solutions.
Kenston Henderson Sr.
Kenston’s passion is to ignite, inspire and empower people to not just exist but to live with purpose. Kenston Henderson Sr., is the founder and CEO of Live With Lyfe. Kenston is a TEDx Signature speaker, certified John Maxwell Leadership team member and Culture Transformation Champion. He is a motivational speaker and corporate trainer that has given hundreds of presentations and spoken to thousands of people in 30 states through soft skills workshops, leadership conferences, correctional facilities, conventions, schools, and youth camp events. He is also an accomplished musician with two instrumental albums Breathe (2016) and Oasis (2018). In 2018, he wrote the book “Parenting Like a Boss: Intentionally Committed” which landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list.
As much as Kenston loves speaking and inspiring youth and adults, his ongoing commitments and goals are to be the best husband to his amazing wife Dr. Terah Henderson and the best father in the world to his incredible son Kenston Jr.
Global Talent Attraction and Employer Brand Manager
Alex Her resides in Austin, TX, and runs the employer branding, recruitment marketing, and candidate experience at Atlanta-based Acoustic. Along with his role at Acoustic, he is also board member on the Talent Brand Alliance, leading the Marketing Committee, and a contributing writer and leader on the Employer Brandwagon.
Dr. Joe Hirsch
Joe Hirsch is on a mission to transform the way we work at work. As the managing director of Semaca Partners, Joe specializes in helping organizations apply behavioral science to strengthen the way leaders train, support and empower their teams for success.
An award-winning educational leader and researcher, Joe has earned accolades from Fortune 500 executives to NFL coaches for his forward-thinking approach to improving organizational culture and effectiveness. Described by Wharton professor Adam Grant as “breath of fresh air,” Joe applies his training as a researcher to help leaders at all levels communicate with impact.
In “The Feedback Fix,” Joe presents a bold alternative to traditional feedback techniques and performance management practices. He’s shared that message as a TEDx and keynote speaker with executives at Deloitte, GameStop, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fresenius, members of the U.S. armed forces, and close to 10,000 others across three continents.
When Joe isn’t writing for publications like Harvard Business Review, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, or Forbes, he can usually be found outdoors with his wife and four boys. He lives (actually) in Maryland and (virtually) at www.joehirsch.me.
Director of Talent Acquisition, Sourcing & Recruitment Marketing
Noelle Holdsworth resides in Atlanta and is a Director of Sourcing and Recruitment Marketing at Sutherland, a global company transforming customer experiences for top brands in various industries. Her background in employer branding and candidate experiences allows her to build integrated talent attraction and engagement strategies. She is currently a committee member for the SHRM-Atlanta Rising Leaders and is an active Talent Brand Alliance member.
Ed Krow, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP
Talent Transformation Expert
Ed is the Talent Transformation Expert for businesses looking to achieve 8 figure growth. He delivers captivating, high-energy keynote presentations that challenge the traditional model of HR and prepare decision makers for motivating their people with a win-win strategy.
In his career, Ed has helped over 250 clients, including Fortune 500 companies, achieve talent and culture transformations. As a result, audiences value Ed’s deep understanding of the employee/employer dynamic and his ability create a connection with them right away. On stage, he provides practical approaches, tools, and relevant stories to inspire action.
“Ed is a very motivational speaker and clearly knows how to influence people.”
– S. B. McCord-Farr, VP of HR at AAA Reading-Berks
A speaker, trainer and coach certified by The John Maxwell Team; Ed’s topics bring a refreshing perspective on how to leverage what is commonly viewed as “people problems” and turn negative growth into business success.
Ed is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Forbes Coaches Council, and a regular contributor to Forbes.com. He is the author of “Strategic HR: Driving Bottom Line Results Through Your People”.
When he’s not on stage or helping clients, Ed teaches at Millersville University. His first love is family, with golf vying for a tight second. If you do catch him at home, he’s likely cheering for the Notre Dame or Baltimore Ravens football teams.
717.314.3680 [email protected]
Sr. Manager, Strategic Sourcing & Talent Marketing
Holland Dombeck McCue plays in the talent attraction and B2B marketing space, and currently leads employer brand and recruitment marketing for Delta Air Lines. Before joining Delta, Holland built and led the employer brand program for Cox Enterprises, and oversaw B2B marketing for Kinetix, a strategic employer brand consulting firm and Baker’s Dozen RPO, out of Atlanta. Holland is the former editor for Fistful of Talent and served on the inaugural board for Talent Brand Alliance.
A senior leadership/board advisor, educator, executive coach, and bestselling author, David Nour is internationally recognized as the leading expert on applications of strategic relationships in profitable growth, sustained innovation, and lasting change. The author of eleven books, including bestsellers Relationship Economics® (Wiley), and Co-Create (St. Martin’s Press), as well as the forthcoming Curve Benders (Wiley, 2021), Nour serves as a trusted advisor to global clients and coaches corporate leaders. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and was named to the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2022, Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals, and the Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2021 lists. A Forbes Leadership contributor on the Future of Work, and an Inc. contributor on Relationship Economics, Nour’s unique insights have been featured in a variety of prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post Business, Entrepreneur, and [email protected] He’s also the host of the popular Curve Benders podcast.
Born in Iran, Nour immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with $100, limited family ties and no fluency in English. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and went on to earn an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Atlanta, GA, with his family. Learn more at www.NourGroup.com.
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
James is a professional speaker, author of Leading Imperfectly, and co-owner of the award-winning hip-hop improv comedy group, NorthCoast. He’s spoken to hundreds of organizations including American Express, GE, Young Presidents’ Organization, and several SHRM organizations spreading his message of leading through vulnerability and authenticity worldwide. With the perfect blend of humor and vulnerability, he creates spaces where audiences can engage in conversations about trust, feedback, teamwork, mutual respect, leading through resilience, and more. As a speaker and as a coach, James’ goal is to provide his audience with tangible tools to leave a lasting legacy with their lives.
Joe Rotella CVO, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPBA
Chief Value Officer
Joe is a top-rated speaker for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and currently serves as an Officer for Delphia Consulting, a national HR software consulting firm. He is the co-creator of miviva, a continuous performance management application. Joe has over 30 years of experience working in information technology, usability and human resources and serves on the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO) Board of Directors. He teaches several modules of the SHRM Learning System, including HR Strategic Planning, Employee Engagement & Retention, Technology Management and HR Competencies. He is a cited contributor to the SHRM Learning System.
Joe Rotella appears in the list of SHRM Annual Conference Top Rated Speakers. This list includes speakers who received a rating by attendees of 4.8 or higher – with 5.0 being the highest possible rating, at SHRM annual conferences since 2009. See https://www.shrm.org/Events/Documents/topratedspeakers.pdf
Philip J. Siegel
Philip attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan graduating with distinction from the School of Business Administration where he earned his B.B.A. Mr. Siegel received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. He worked in the public accounting industry as a state and local tax consultant for two years prior to commencing his career as a labor/employment attorney. Philip is a member of the Georgia Bar, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all State and Superior Courts in Georgia, as well as the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. Philip has also represented clients in the construction industry before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Joshua A. Sky, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Since 1982, Joshua A. Sky has served as a trainer, facilitator, and coach. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he has been living in Southwest Florida since 1995. Combining an M.A. in Education with a B.A. in Sociology, Joshua has served as an internal trainer and a contract trainer, facilitator and coach for a wide range of organizations, including:
v HM Clause
v Taco Bell
v US Departments of
o Homeland Security
o Veterans Affairs
Joshua also consults with small organizations in the development, launch and ongoing administration of their Performance Management programs. With professional experiences in the corporate, healthcare, government, nonprofit and public education sectors, Joshua currently presents personally customized and pre-developed training programs throughout the United States. Topics include:
• Human Behavior Styles
• Interpersonal Skills
• Leadership Skills
• Management/Supervisory Skills
• Presentation Skills
• Performance Management
• Team Performance
• Goal Setting
• Communication and Feedback
• Time Management
• Stress Management
• Behavioral Interviewing
• Sexual Harassment
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Customer Service
• Software Application
Certifications and Foreign Languages:
• Certified DiSC® Trainer – 2006
• SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources) – 2010
• SHRM-SCP® (Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional) – 2015
The two HR credentials require re-certification every three years which Joshua obtains through professional activity and continuing education. In addition, Joshua speaks five languages and has facilitated programs in French in Canada, and in Spanish in both the US and Mexico.
Joshua works as a business and life coach with individuals who want to realize their professional and personal goals in a supportive, realistic and structured environment. A complimentary coaching session is always available for those exploring this newest human performance intervention. Joshua is a national member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). After joining ASTD in 1995, Joshua had the privilege of serving his local professional colleagues as the President of the Southwest Florida Chapter in 1998, and again briefly in 2001. He’s a founding member of the International Association of Coaches (IAC) and a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Joshua is also an active member, who has served as a Board member and on numerous committees of two local Florida SHRM chapters – HR Collier (in Naples since 2004), and HRMA of Southwest Florida (in Fort Myers since 2010).
As Founder and President of The Sky’s The Limit Consulting, Inc., based in Estero, Florida, (www.theskysthelimitconsulting.com), Joshua’s focus is to offer coaching, training and facilitation of programs to proactive organizations that are committed to improving the skills, knowledge and abilities of their greatest resource – their employees. All of Joshua’s work emphasizes one philosophy:
“Helping Individuals To Reach Their Potential”
After all The Sky’s The Limit, isn’t it?
For more information, please e-mail: [email protected] or call 239-949-6529
Kibibi Springs, I-O Psychologist (Ph.D. Candidate), CEAS I
Workplace Wellbeing Knowledge Lead
Kibibi Springs shares workplace wellbeing research and knowledge on behalf of the Herman Miller Group, and tends to the ergonomic and wellness needs of organizations by focusing on their most important asset: People.
Kibibi is an I-O Psychologist and Ph.D. Candidate specializing in rest and recovery research as it pertains to well-being and technostress. She has an extensive background in corporate communications, management consulting, relationship science and positive psychology as a consultant and coach. She is CEAS I accredited and, holds a certification in consumer psychology. Kibibi is a native Californian, who lives in Atlanta, GA where she has been with the Herman Miller team for the past five years.