Michael L. Davis
Mr. Davis is Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at General Mills, and has held many leadership positions throughout the organization.
Before joining General Mills, Mr. Davis worked as a compensation consultant with Towers Perrin. When Mr. Davis left Towers Perrin, he was the firm’s worldwide practice leader for executive compensation.
Mr. Davis is a frequent speaker and author on executive and director compensation and benefits issues. He has served on four National Association of Corporate Director Blue Ribbon Commissions on the Compensation Committee, Director and CEO Performance Evaluation, Director Compensation, and Director Professionalism. He has been interviewed or quoted in Fortune, Business Week, Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times on various human resources matters.
He has spoken on compensation, benefits, and general HR issues at institutions of higher education and is currently an adjunct professor in the Masters of Human Resources and Industrial Relations program here at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.
Mr. Davis is on the Board of the Employee Benefits Research Institute, and Executive Committee member of the Human Resource Policy Association. In Minneapolis, Mike serves on the Board of The Minneapolis Club and was previously on the Board of The Minnesota Historical Society.
Mr. Davis has two B.S. degrees from Purdue University in Industrial Management and Computer Science, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Davis is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Session Title: "When Being Great in HR Matters Most"
Michael Byungnam Lee, Ph.D.
President and CEO of LG Academy
Michael Byungnam Lee is President of LG Academy, a world-class leader in corporate management and human resource training. Dr. Lee began his education in Economics at Sogang University in Seoul and received his PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. After spending several years as a professor in the United States, he returned to Korea to work as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for LG, before assuming his current role.
Dr. Lee is the author of numerous articles related to human resource management and industrial relations. He has also worked extensively in an advisory and research capacity with representatives from labor, management, government and academia and has contributed his expertise to the Presidential Commission on Industrial Labor Reform, the National Labor Relations Commission, and the Ministry of Education. He is a Judiciary Committee member for the National Labor Relations Commission and is the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board for the Korean Academic Society of Business. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of the American Society for Training and Development and is an Executive Board Member for the Korean Association of Business Education Accreditation. He is a regular speaker, conference discussant and chair.
Session Title: "Thoughts on Market, Company and People"
Sherry McDonald, Principal, Leadership Consultant and Coach, Optimal Coaching and Consulting LLC
Session Title: Utilizing Emotional Intelligence to Successfully Implement (or Sabotage) Your Change Management Efforts
Sherry is an "innovative thinker" creating value and results with leaders facing challenges. She has a passion to help individuals and organizations make changes for positive results. Sherry leverages her over twenty years of experience in HR leadership positions at the Director and Vice-President levels to coach executives, managers and teams at Fortune 500, mid-size firms and start-up firms. Sherry specializes in Change Management Consulting and Leadership/Emotional Intelligence Coaching. She has worked in technology, financial services, airlines and services industries implementing significant organizational change, developing incentive, performance, competency, development and engagement strategies and plans. Sherry is the author of The SMARTER Financial Advisor - designed to increase the emotional intelligence and effectiveness of Financial Advisors.
She currently is an ICF Certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach and a Certified EQ (emotional intelligence) Career Strategist. She earned her MAIR from the Carlson School of Management and holds a BS in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a BS in Secondary Special Education. She is a Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner and certified on numerous instruments/assessments including Bar-On EQ-I 2.0, Personal Decisions International Profiler for executives, managers and contributors.
Tom McMullen, VP & North America Reward Practice Leader, Hay Group
Session Title: Retention and the Role of Rewards: Challenges During an Economic Recovery
Tom McMullen is the leader of Hay Group's North American Reward Practice, based in Chicago, IL and is accountable for leading Hay Group's innovation, thought leadership and capability development initiatives for the reward practice. His client consulting work focuses primarily on developing and implementing total reward program design, including reward strategy development, incentive plan design, linking reward and performance management systems, job evaluation and organization structure design. He is a frequent speaker on reward and human resource issues and he has authored a number of publications including The Manager's Guide to Reward. Tom holds a BS degree in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the Hay Group Chicago office, Tom was a consultant in the Hay Group's Washington D.C. and Cincinnati offices. He is currently a member of WorldatWork, the Chicago Compensation Association and Society for Human Resource Management. He also serves on the Compensation Advisory Board of WorldatWork
Phil Jury, Managing Consultant, Valtera Corporation
Session Title: What Employees Want
Dr. Phil Jury has devoted his career to developing organizational development and assessment tools and interventions for corporations around the world. His organization consulting experiences include survey feedback, executive coaching and teambuilding, change management, culture enhancement and organization design. He has worked extensively with 360 degree feedback instruments designed to assess transformational leadership skills and other techniques that utilize survey information to help effect organization change. Prior to joining Valtera, Dr. Jury founded and led SPR Center since 1978.
Dr. Jury received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, his undergraduate degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and Finlandia University (Suomi College). Earlier educational experience included attending schools in the Midwestern U.S. and Manitoba, Canada.
Gene Sheih, Senior Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company
Session Title: The Social Media Revolution 2012 in 3D - Meet Foursquare, Wikileaks, and Shocking Facebook Apps
Gene Sheih is a national speaker on social media's impact on employment law issues and how employers should address conduct revealed through the social media revolution. Mr. Sheih is Senior Counsel at Fortune 50 Wells Fargo & Company, overseeing labor and employment law matters for the diversified financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets comprising 275,000 employees, 70 million customers, and over 9,000 stores across North America and internationally. Mr. Sheih has significant experience managing employment litigation; responding to employment regulatory audits; overseeing internal investigations of discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower claims; and providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of employment related issues.
Lisa Stevens, Talent Management and Strategy Consulting, PDI Ninth House
Session Title: Building Powerful Programs and Strategies for High-Potential Leaders
As leader of PDI Ninth House's Talent Management Systems Practice, Lisa Stevens leads a cross-disciplinary team to develop and integrate cutting-edge thinking and tools that help client organizations improve or transform their talent management systems/processes, including succession management, performance management, development, staffing, and rewards. Lisa also leads PDI Ninth House's Human Capital Strategy practice, helping clients plan and implement effective talent strategies, building the organizational capabilities needed to achieve their strategic business goals.
Lisa is editor and key author of the Successful Manager's Handbook and has facilitated numerous performance and development feedback and planning sessions with executives and managers. Lisa is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on Succession Planning, Talent Management, Human Capital Strategy and Learning & Development topics.
Roy Ginsburg, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Session Title: Employees Gone Wild
Mr. Ginsburg is a partner in Dorsey’s Advocacy Group. For more than 20 years, Mr. Ginsburg was a Partner in the firm’s Trial Department; he now is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department.
Mr. Ginsburg’s practice involves a wide range of commercial litigation matters. For many years, he has focused on commercial disputes affecting the employment relationship, including misappropriation of trade secrets, corporate raiding, usurpation of corporate opportunity, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract (such as post-employment restrictive covenants), and related claims. Mr. Ginsburg also defends class, multi-party and individual employment discrimination litigation (such as sexual harassment, age, disability, race and sex discrimination claims) as well as the related common law claims invariably pled in connection with a discrimination lawsuit. He also handles other types of commercial and insurance litigation.
Joe Gruis, Senior Sales Consultant and Jessica Amon, Senior Market Manager, Unum
Session Title: Voluntary Benefits Fulfillment
Jessica Amon is the Senior Market Manager for the Minneapolis office in charge of sales and service. Jessica is a graduate of North Dakota State University has been with Unum for over 15 years.
Joe Gruis is a Senior Sales Consultant for Unum and is a graduate of St Cloud State University. Joe has been with Unum for five years. Joe covers a portion of the Twin Cities metro area along with Central Minnesota and the state of South Dakota.
Rana Hobbs, Director of Customer Success, HumanConcepts
Session Title: What's Trending in 2012 and Beyond? A Look at Organizational Planning Practices
Rana joined HumanConcepts in 2011, bringing more than 15 years of experience with prominent Human Capital Management (HCM) solution providers, including SuccessFactors, Infohrm and IDC. She oversees HumanConcepts' Customer Account Management (CAM) group, working closely with marketing, sales and engineering to ensure HumanConcepts customers have an unparalleled user experience. An in-demand speaker at HR.com, IHRIM and SHRM industry conferences, Rana is a recognized subject matter expert and best practices champion in workforce planning, reporting and analytics.
Sharon Sackett, VP of Talent Assessment, and Jason Ortmeier, Vice President of Leadership Development, MDA Leadership Development
Session Title: Accelerating Leadership Development
Sharon Sackett is at her best when building and developing talent assessment and leadership development programs for corporate clients who are driven to put the best people in the right places. She has an energetic "roll up your sleeves" approach to client partnerships that is both thoughtful and practical. Sharon is passionate about making sound talent recommendations based on best practice tools and methodologies - helping clients build their "talent acumen" and show value for their organizations.
Sharon's experience as an assessment consultant and executive coach includes engagements with General Mills, US Bank, Ecolab, and Macy's, just to mention a few. Her specific expertise includes assessment centers, competency design, research and validation projects, and leadership coaching around priority setting and increasing personal influence.
She is an "MDA boomeranger" - she first joined MDA in the early 1990s and returned in 1998 as a senior consultant. While away, she taught doctoral students and conducted research as a faculty member at the University of Iowa. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology from Hamline University and her Ph.D. in
Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and consulting careers have converged around the theme of career choice and job satisfaction for professionals. Sharon recently finished her term as President of Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW).
Jason Ortmeier is passionate about helping leaders grow. Jason joined MDA's leadership development practice in 2005, with a focus on leadership assessment and executive coaching. Prior to that, he was with a global consulting firm specializing in organizational change and leadership transitions. In that role he built a strong business foundation, learning how organizations work and what makes leaders successful.
Jason is adept at facilitating and leading high impact group sessions as well as coaching one-on-one, and has worked with hundreds of executives, including leaders from more than 20 Fortune 100 companies. While he has significant experience working with large corporations, he also has passion for helping smaller, growth-oriented organizations reach their goals by enhancing the impact and effectiveness of leadership.
Jason has an extensive background in counseling, education, and training, spending his early career in the non- profit mental health arena as a program manager, therapist, and consultant. He graduated with high honors from the University of St. Thomas with a Masters Degree in Counseling and Professional Psychology and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Dakota.
Tom Steele, Web 2.0 Recruiting Geek, Jobs2Web, Inc.
Session Title: Social Media Recruiting in 2012: What Works and What Doesn't
For the past 5 years, Tom Steele has been helping companies recruit better by transforming their recruiting strategies from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. These strategies radically shorten the commute between jobs and the candidates to hire. The result is that organizations hire better people, faster, and for a fraction of the cost. Steele will show how HR professionals can leverage the latest innovations in technology to make recruiting more strategic, efficient, accountable, and even more enjoyable. And Steele will showcase what's coming with Web 3.0 recruiting.
Tom Steele regularly delivers presentations with plenty of audience participation. He engages attendees in interactive discussions of how they currently recruit, the results they have obtained, and how they would like to improve this process. The audience is encouraged to examine the desired results and benefits of updating their talent acquisition strategies to meet the demands of the Web 2.0.
Tom Steele holds a BS from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and has been active in the IT, software, and internet industries for more than 15 years.
John Budd, Professor and Director, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
Session Title: What is Work, and Why Does it Matter in HR?
John W. Budd is a Professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, where he holds the Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair and is the Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University. Professor Budd is the author of "Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice" (Cornell University Press), "Labor Relations: Striking a Balance" (McGraw-Hill/Irwin), "Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus" (with Stephen Befort, Stanford University Press), "The Thought of Work" (Cornell University Press), and numerous journal articles. Professor Budd has also been Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota's graduate programs in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.
Sally Luck, HR Director, Corporate Services and Wellness and Karen Welle HR Manager, Health and Benefits Programs, Hallmark Cards Inc.
Session Title: Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness Through Integrated Programs and Incentives.
Sally Luck has been employed at Hallmark Cards Inc. since 1982, and assumed her current role in 2009 as a result of a realignment of Hallmark's HR division designed to strengthen its wellness program. She has a BS degree in Home Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA in Management from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.
Karen Welle is HR Manager Health and Benefits Programs for Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Iowa State University.
Karen joined Hallmark in 2006 bringing with her more than 13 years of various HR leadership roles working primarily in the healthcare information technology industry. Over the course of her career she has held various positions in increasing accountability focusing on talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, performance management and leadership development. She most recently served as the Organizational Effectiveness Practice Leader for Hallmark prior to assuming the position of HR Manager for Health and Benefits in Nov. 2011.
Karen is a certified facilitator of Fierce Conversations and is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner. She is passionate about health and wellness and creating the organizational systems to help enable employees to be better able to manage their health.
Craig Weber, Founder, Weber Consulting Group
Session Title: Conversational Capacity - An Essential Competence for Human Resource Professionals
Craig Weber is the founder of The Weber Consulting Group, a consulting alliance that helps managers, teams and executives develop actionable competencies for leadership, teamwork, and change. He has helped communities, businesses, schools, government agencies, and non-profits improve their performance by approaching dialogue as a discipline.
He has worked with executives, managers, and teams from such diverse organizations as Boeing, Pfizer, The Royal Bank of Canada, Clif Bar, Los Alamos National Laboratories, SAIC, Sense Corp, Vistage: An International Organization of CEOs, NASA, Novo Nordisk, and Suncorp Australia