Speakers


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Chris Farrell, Economics Editor of Marketplace Money on National Public Radio. Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the largest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of several books: Purpose and a Paycheck; Unretirement; The New Frugality, Right on the Money: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances, and Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall. Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.

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Heidi Capozzi, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at The Boeing Company. Heidi Capozzi is senior vice president of Human Resources for The Boeing Company. Since assuming the position in 2016, Capozzi has led the company’s leadership and learning, talent planning, employee and labor relations, total rewards, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a member of the company’s executive council. Capozzi previously served as vice president of Talent & Leadership, where she was responsible for identifying and developing emerging leadership talent as well as running the company's leadership center in St. Louis. She held prior positions as director of Human Resources for the Airplane Programs division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and director of Human Resources for the Surveillance and Engagement division of Boeing Military Aircraft. Prior to joining Boeing in 2009, Capozzi led human resources, internal services and quality for Insitu—a start-up pioneer in the design, development, production and operation of unmanned aircraft systems. In addition to Insitu, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing, Capozzi held leadership roles in human resources and communications at Northrop Grumman and TRW’s automotive and defense business. Capozzi is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Midtown Educational Foundation and the Human Resources Policy Association. She also is a member of the Rework America Task Force—a coalition of business, academic and policy leaders working to foster a 21st Century, skills-based labor market. She holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in political science and East Asian studies, and earned a master's degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.

 

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

Hari Abburi,
Managing Partner; The Preparation Company LLC
Hari Abburi is a global management executive who specializes in strategy and transformations. His work is in the context of start-ups, M&As and growth capabilities. He is known for his innovative and creative people strategies. His work experience includes HR leadership roles with Coca-Cola, GE, Baxter Healthcare, Aon Consulting, Hoerbiger Group. He has lived and worked in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland and is now based in Los Angeles, US. Hari is now the Managing Partner for a niche agility-focused consulting firm, The Preparation Company. He is a board advisor of a conversational science start up from San Francisco and teaches his agility-based strategy framework at Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education. He consults with CEOs, CHROs and chief transformation officers on strategy and leadership, people strategy and HR, organization and change. Hari believes that strategy in this new world has to be driven by multi-industry influences. This makes every company a technology, data and a platform business.
 

Nick Alm, Executive Director; Mossier
Nick Alm was born in St. Paul and grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. While pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, he co-founded the Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBTQ student organization, Compass. It was through this group that he developed a deep passion for advancing conversations about the LGBT community in corporate America as well as the global LGBTQ community. Today Nick is the co-founder and executive director of Mossier, a social enterprise that helps organizations recruit and retain LGBTQ talent. Profits from Mossier are granted to LGBTQ entrepreneurs in East Africa. To date, Mossier has funded and supported ten LGBTQ-owned businesses within the tourism and agriculture space. In the long term, Mossier intends to be a local, national, and global leader on LGBTQ economic and employment issues.
 

Kathy Arnold,  Director, Client Management; Willis Towers Watson
 

Peter Berridge, Co-Founder; Shift Positive
Peter Berridge is an accomplished coach and facilitator who utilizes the sciences of positive psychology and executive coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations be more engaged and productive. Pete became a certified coach through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and is adjunct faculty with the St. Thomas Executive Coaching Certificate program. He is one of 350 people in the world with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Positive psychology is the study of human strengths and well-being which employs proven methods to promote the flourishing of people, organizations, and communities. It is with this training that the Shift Positive 360 was born; a unique way of gathering and giving feedback that is more effective and enjoyable. Pete was determined to bring the benefits of Positive Psychology into the feedback process, which led him to co-create Change Positive, LLC. Pete also has advanced training in the art of appreciative inquiry and visual facilitation, which he uses to engage organizations and their stakeholders in a highly interactive way to envision a compelling future, and to move forward with focus and energy. Pete is also the founder and president of Shorebird Coaching and Consulting. He has 25+ years of coaching (more than 4,000 hours of individual coaching), facilitation, and human resources experience, culminating as executive VP of human resources at Courage Center, a nationally respected healthcare agency. Pete's passion is coaching senior executives, rising leaders, teams, and organizations that are navigating challenges and charting new directions.

Ryan Dunn, Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer; Institute of Corporate Productivity (i4cp)
Ryan Dunn is an accomplished executive with extensive background and experience in leadership, talent management, learning and development, and business growth strategy including multiple startups. He is a consultative partner and trusted advisor to C-suite decision makers across the Fortune 500. He is known as a thought leader in the corporate learning, leadership, coaching, and talent management space. His experience includes: Co-Founder, Chief Talent Officer Roundtables & Sr. Director, Member Development - i4cp; Board Member ATD-Greater Twin Cities Advisory Board Member; Best Buddies Global Integrated Talent Management Committee Led Enterprise Solutions at Study.com; Executive Sponsor- Global Advisory Board University of Phoenix/Apollo Education Group; Advisory Board Leader St. Paul Saints Baseball; Youth Sports Coach.
 

Dobby Gibson, Digital Communications Manager; Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Dobby Gibson is a digital communications manager on Land O’Lakes talent acquisition team and a veteran creative director who’s worked with FedEx, Sherwin-Williams, and Ameriprise.
 

Jeff Grisenthwaite, Vice President of Product; Catalytic, Inc.
With more than 15 years of experience in enterprise SaaS, Jeff Grisenthwaite is passionate about helping organizations use automation and AI technology to run smarter and more effectively. At Catalytic, Jeff leads product management, collaborating with customers to envision the future of work, and then targeting platform enhancements to realize that future.
 

Ashley Halvorson, Senior HR Director, HR Solutions; CenturyLink
Ashley Halvorson is an  HR professional with a decade of experience in human resources and labor relations. She has experience in consumer good, manufacturing, telecommunications, and now technology. She currently oversees CenturyLink's newly deployed HR solutions organization supporting all of their North American population.
 

Kathy Kacher, President; Career/Life Alliance Services and Cofounder of The SMART Workplace
Kathy Kacher, president of Career/Life Alliance Services, (CLAS) and cofounder of The SMART Workplace, is a workforce transformation expert with a focus on workplace flexibility, open workspace change management and work/life integration. She enables organizations to successfully manage and innovate through complex structural and cultural change. Particularly skilled in conducting organizational diagnostics; leading cultural integrations, branding and change initiatives; advising and coaching leaders; employee engagement and leadership development processes. Her successful track record focuses on partnering with senior teams and key talent to create competitive advantage through people.
 

Eric Law, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant; Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Eric Law is an organizational effectiveness consultant at Land O’Lakes, applying organization design theory and methodology to create strategic alignment. Previous experience includes HR business partner, data strategy, and market research consulting. He is a graduate of the Carlson School’s MA-HRIR program.
 

Ashley Oolman, Disability Inclusion Consultant; Lifeworks Services
Ashley Oolman transforms workplaces through accessibility tools, evidence-based best practices, and compliance assessments. From large corporations to small businesses, she guides strategic inclusive hiring and retention initiatives to diversify talent and advance disability employment. With more than a decade of leadership experience in advocacy, employment, and workplace culture, she understands how to navigate complex environments to provide insight for growth. She has worked with businesses including Securian, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Ameriprise. Additionally, she has partnered with community organizations and school districts. Ashley has an MBA with a concentration on human resource management and a BA in psychology with a minor in human development and family studies.
 

Kate Palmer, Analyst Lead, New Technologies; Mayo Clinic
Kate Palmer is an experienced human resources technology analyst with a demonstrated history of scaling digital technology to gain efficiencies in the hospital and healthcare industry. At Mayo Clinic, she is responsible for identifying and monitoring emerging technologies that could enhance the HR experience, then creating the roadmap to implement solutions like automation into day-to-day operations and business models to execute digital transformation for service excellence.
 

Annie Rzepecki, Talent Line of Business Leader for Minnesota/Missouri/Kansas; Willis Towers Watson
Annie Rzepecki leads the talent line of business for the Minnesota, Missouri and Kansas markets of Willis Towers Watson. Annie helps companies shape and articulate the experience of working there – and motivate employee behaviors that will spark success. She is passionate around helping employers work through and sustain changes that affect their people and their business. Annie focuses mostly on transformations involving mergers and acquisitions, employee value propositions/talent experience, total rewards, career/salary frameworks, change leadership, organization design, employee engagement and HR technology implementations. She has won multiple Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and also received Willis Towers Watson’s Chairman’s Award. Annie holds an M.A. degree in English from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. degree in English from St. Olaf College.
 

Francis Sadac, Senior Manager; Accenture
Francis Sadac is a senior manager in Accenture's Talent and Organization practice who works with clients in the communications, media, and technology industry. He focuses on engagements related to HR and workforce transformation, future workforce, and organizational agility.
 

Chris Schmelzer, HR Consultant; ScottMadden
Chris Schmelzer is recognized as a human capital visionary and futurist who helps HR leaders envision what’s next. As a trusted partner to HR leaders, his expertise lies in advising on the future of work. Chris advises HR leaders on the strategy of their evolving technology resources, specifically, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain technology. He has experience implementing cutting-edge HR technology solutions at large, global organizations. This experience has allowed Chris to consult on organization design, process optimization, change management, leadership development, and instructional design and delivery. Chris holds an MA in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a BA in psychology and business from Western Michigan University.
 

Julie Sexton, Vice President Human Resources; Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Julie Sexton is the vice president of human resources at Land O'Lakes, Inc., where she has worked for the past 20 years. In her current position, Julie leads the strategy development and execution across the company’s talent management, technology and rewards teams. In previous roles, she worked as the HR director for WinField and the Land O’Lakes international businesses, as an HR manager for Dairy Foods, and as an HR operations project manager. Before coming to Land O’Lakes, Julie worked in HR roles for Cargill and Allina Health System. Julie holds an MBA in human resources and a bachelor of arts degree in business from the University of St. Thomas.
 

Alexandria Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer; City of Memphis
Alex Smith is the architect behind the mayor's initiatives involving talent management, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, and diversity initiatives. Prior to her service for the city, Alex was the director of human resources for Brightstar Device Protection, a subsidiary of Brightstar Corporation, where she led key culture and organizational development projects. She has also served in HR management roles for industry leaders such as Target Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, building a career of being a strategic HR partner for key business leaders. Alex holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University in economics, and earned a master's degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
 

Kevin Wilde, Executive Leadership Fellow, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
Kevin Wilde currently serves as an executive leadership fellow at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He teaches applied leadership in a number of graduate courses. His current research topics include leadership coachability, executive derailment and contemporary talent development. He recently concluded a 34-year corporate career in leadership and talent development at General Electric and General Mills. During his time at General Mills, the organization was consistently recognized for its innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #2 ranking as one of the best companies in the world at leadership development, #1 listing by Leadership Excellence magazine, #1 Global Learning Elite ranking and Training magazine’s “Hall of Fame” designation as a top company for employee development. In 2007, Chief Learning Officer magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the year. Kevin continued to be an active contributor to the leadership and talent development profession with business advising and writing. His advisory work includes the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and GP Strategies. In 2011, his first book, “Dancing with the Talent Stars: 25 Moves that Matter Now” was published by Human Capital Media. In 2015, he served as editor of “A CLO Leadership Reader: Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Best for Today’s Learning Leader.” His writing for Talent management received a national award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His work has also been published in over a dozen books, including “Coaching For Leadership” and the “Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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