Laurie Marsh, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Ecolab, Inc. Laurie Marsh is EVP and CHRO for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab’s 50,000 employees deliver comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 170 countries. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2011 through a merger with Nalco Holding Co., Marsh was Nalco’s EVP and CHRO. During her 20-year career with Nalco she held several positions within the company’s human resources function including, employee benefits, workplace planning and staffing, several HR business partner roles and executive compensation. Marsh also was president of the Nalco Foundation, a role she assumed in 2003 and held until 2012 when the Nalco Foundation was merged with Ecolab. Marsh has a bachelor of science degree from the college of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Rosie Ward, CEO and Co-Founder, Salveo Partners. Dr. Rosie Ward’s mission started when nearly 20 years ago she experienced firsthand the ill effects of working in a toxic work environment and found her wellbeing eroding. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to find a solution so this experience is no longer the norm. As a consultant, coach, author and one of the top speakers in the country on organizational and employee wellbeing, she is sought-after to help re-humanize workplaces so that people are freed, fueled and inspired to bring their best selves to work – and home – each day. Rosie serves as CEO and co-founder of Salveo Partners, LLC, a professional consulting and training company focused on equipping organizations to find success while putting people back at the forefront of their business. They focus on leveraging The Fusion (the inextricable interconnectedness of organizational and employee wellbeing) to help transform workplaces and support people in integrating their personal and professional lives. Her book, How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation, has served as a blueprint for hundreds of organizations to break past old, outdated paradigms and re-humanize their workplace. She also serves part-time as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Leadership Development for University of Minnesota Physicians where she helps leaders, teams and physicians align with a common purpose, communicate more effectively and show up as the best version of themselves. Often referred to as a “PhD with a personality,” Rosie’s energy fills a room. Her presentations both challenge and inspire audiences to think differently about what it takes for people to become the best version of themselves and for organizations to foster their growth and development.


Gordon Braun, Managing Director, Protiviti. Gordon Braun, CIA, CISA, CGEIT, is a Managing Director at Protiviti where he leads the Protiviti Minneapolis office. For over twenty years, Mr. Braun has been providing risk consulting services across several industries. He is an active leader of Protiviti’s Central Area Internal Audit and Financial Advisory practice and has a particular focus on assisting clients with the assessment and management of business risks associated with the deployment and maintenance of technology. Mr. Braun has served as an engagement leader on multiple outsourced and co-sourced internal audit engagements. He has led multiple Sarbanes-Oxley initiatives and has consulted with more than a dozen organizations on establishing or enhancing their Enterprise Risk Management capabilities. Before joining Protiviti, Mr. Braun was with Arthur Andersen for three years. He earned his B.A. in English and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Braun has presented at many chapters of both the IIA and ISACA, at national webinars, SAP conferences, and multiple universities across the Midwest. He is also currently serves on multiple non-profit boards.

Jennifer Carlson, VP Metro Market Manager, Robert Half Management Resources. Jennifer Carlson is VP Metro Market Manager of Robert Half Management Resources where she leads the HR & Finance Project and Direct Hire business lines. For over twenty years, Ms. Carlson has worked for Robert Half and has been instrumental in launching and growing the HR practice in Minnesota. Prior to joining RHI, Ms. Carlson worked as a finance practitioner for Deloitte & Touche and Carlson Companies. She holds a CPA (inactive) and served for 6 years on the MNCPA board of directors. Jennifer and her team are proud to be a strategic sponsor and are actively involved in the Twin Cities SHRM chapter.

John Daniel, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, First Horizon National Corporation. John Daniel is EVP and CHRO at First Horizon National Corporation headquartered in Memphis. FHN is the parent company of First Tennessee Bank which has received national recognition by multiple organizations as a best place to work. He started his career as a messenger at a bank in Pittsburgh, his hometown, and rose through the ranks to become a senior vice president in human resources. He left Pittsburgh in 2000 to assume his first CHRO role and started at FHN in 2006. He is deeply involved in his community and serves as a board member and board chair for three major nonprofit organizations. In 2015 he received a heart transplant after a viral infection damaged his heart. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified SPHR. He has devoted the last few years to increasing the professionalism of the HR function and serves as the Chair of the Memphis HR Executive Roundtable.

Anne deBruin Sample, CEO, Navigate Forward. Anne Sample is an experienced business and HR leader with a track record of leading transformation and developing talent. Anne is the new CEO and owner of Navigate Forward, the premier provider of Executive Transition Services in the Twin Cities. Navigate Forward works exclusively with Executives to help them envision and chart a new course with a sense of purpose and passion. In her early career Anne worked in a variety of HR and strategy roles for Whirlpool, Pepsi and Citibank. She served as the Chief HR Officer for PepsiAmericas, Thrivent Financial and Caribou Coffee and Bagels. She is active in several local charities including the Light of Hope Home and School for Girls in Kenya and ACES. She also serves on Board of Directors of MyMeds, a MN based startup that provides individuals with the digital tools and real time data that they need to stay engage in their health.

Jeff Donnay, Senior Managing Director, Salo LLC. Jeff Donnay serves as senior managing director of Salo LLC’s human resources practice. He is known as a passionate leader, strategic and trusted advisor and an expert in connecting talented human resource professionals with businesses to solve complex business challenges. Jeff has worked at Salo for 11 years. Previously, he worked at Corporate Interns, LLC and Thomson Reuters.

Sara Erickson, Senior Recruitment Marketing Specialist, Ecolab. Sara Erickson is responsible for managing Ecolab’s employer brand and recruitment marketing strategy. In her role, she builds and oversees recruitment marketing campaigns and projects to drive jobseeker awareness of and engagement with Ecolab. Over the last several years, she also played a key role in driving the evolution of Ecolab’s employer brand. Sara is a proud University of Minnesota alumna, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Anne Gotte, Vice President, Head of Global Talent, Ecolab. Anne Gotte leads enterprise talent for Ecolab, the $14B global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. In this capacity, Anne is responsible for building strategies and solutions to advance the talent and culture agendas for the company. Specific areas of focus over the last 18 months include employment branding, diversity and inclusion practice build-out, manager development, contingent labor strategy and enterprise organizational design. Prior to joining Ecolab, Anne spent 14 years with General Mills in a variety of business partner and talent management specialist roles. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Anne has written for various talent publications and is actively involved in her professional community as a panelist and speaker. She is a member of the Minnesota Science Museum’s Board of Trustees, where she serves on the mission advancement and human resources committees.

Dr. Nicole Gravagna, President, NeuroEQ. Dr. Nicole Gravagna is a neuroscientist, executive coach, and a contributor to Forbes, Inc., Newsweek, Medical Daily, HuffPost UK, and others. Nicole uses data-driven behavior prediction to accelerate leadership development in corporate employees through her company, NeuroEQ. Nicole has coached leaders at top institutions including Lockheed Martin and Yale. She is a Quora Top Writer. Her first book was Venture Capital for Dummies and her most recent book was MindSET Your Manners.

Eric Grube, CPA, Assistant Professor, Concordia University – St. Paul. Eric Grube is a CPA and an assistant professor at Concordia University - Saint Paul. His dissertation examined employer-sponsored volunteerism at CPA firms and other professional organizations in the Twin Cities.

Jill Hauwiller, Founder and Principal Consultant, Leadership Refinery. Jill Hauwiller is the founder and principal consultant at Leadership Refinery, a career and leadership development consulting firm in the Twin Cities. She has nearly 20 years of experience in global talent management, leadership assessment & coaching, and career strategy & transition. She has worked in and with global organizations, top-ranked business schools, and professional services firms. Jill specializes in coaching high potential leaders through career changes and accelerated development, using a future-focused and strengths-based approach to creating sustainable change. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and German from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and her Master of Arts in Communication from Bethel University, with an emphasis in Conflict Management and Emotional Intelligence. Jill speaks to local and national audiences on leadership and career development. In addition to being a credentialed coach with the International Coaches Federation (ICF), she is certified to use many tools and assessments, which she applies to her executive coaching and facilitation.

Ann Houser, Consultant, Ann Houser Coaching and Consulting. Ann Houser serves as a consultant to multiple organizations after retiring as a vice president of human resources at Medtronic. She is a resourceful HR executive who leads multi-faceted strategies to achieve business and financial goals. With strong project management skills and a bias for action, she develops and executes comprehensive plans equipping leaders with the skills essential for engaged and effective leadership. In addition to her tenure at Medtronic, she previously worked at General Mills and International Business Machines.

Kristen Kowalski, Principal, Global Employer Services, Deloitte. Kristen Kowalski is a principal with Deloitte’s Global Employer Services practice in Minneapolis with over 20 years of experience in the global mobility arena. Kristen specializes in serving global companies in the areas of expatriate taxation, international assignment management, global payroll and global talent management. Kristen has been a presenter at multiple Deloitte-sponsored events. Some of the topics covered include effective assignment cost management, cooperative compliance, global payroll management and international business travelers. In addition to serving clients, Kristen also leads talent for the Global Employer Services practice at Deloitte. In this role, she develops and delivers on firm talent strategies aligned with acquisition, learning and development, inclusion, well-being and strategic staffing. Kristen has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration: Accounting and International Business, from Saint Mary’s College as well as a Masters in Taxation from the University of Illinois. She is also an IRS Enrolled Agent.

Larry Morgan, President, Orion HR Group, LLC. Larry Morgan is the Principal and owner of Orion HR Group, and holds the designations of SPHR and GPHR. Larry has over 35 years of HR experience and has worked for companies such as Best Buy, National Car Rental, JD Edwards, Lawson Software, HB Fuller, Grant Thornton Public Accounting, CUNA Mutual Group. Morgan also holds a M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, as has provided consulting services to hundreds of clients on a wide range of Compensation and other HR issues. He serves as community faculty at Metro State University, St. Mary's University, the International Foundation of Employee Benefits (CEBS), an instructor for the Minnesota Society of CPA's, an instructor for the national SHRM organization and adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Program. He also teaches PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification courses for SHRM on an international basis as well as the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association. Additionally, he currently serves on the Carlson School of Management HR and Labor Studies Alumni Board and has served on the Board of the HR Executive Forum Board, the Twin Cities HR Association  and is the former President / Board member of the Twin Cities Compensation Network.  He has been quoted on WCCO TV "good question" segment and the Twin Cities Public Television Almanac show. In 2017 Larry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Twin Cities Compensation Network, one of the largest compensation associations in the United States.

Meg Paschall, Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson. As the market leader for Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin, Meg Paschall, MBA, has overall responsibility for Willis Towers Watson’s business in the region. In her role, Meg represents Willis Towers Watson in the business community and is responsible for the attraction, retention and engagement of colleagues in the region. Meg is also one of Willis Towers Watson’s global client relationship directors, managing some key client relationships. She has a strong background in working with clients and more than 20 years of consulting experience in a broad range of industry sectors. Meg has been a leader in the rewards, talent and communications line of business. Since joining Willis Towers Watson in 1995, she has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including health care, technology, biotechnology, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, and natural gas and electric utilities. Meg holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. degree from Grinnell College.

Dr. Robert T. Sicora, CEO and Lead Consultant, Sicora Consulting, Inc. Dr. Robert Sicora brings over 20 years of experience in business and consulting to his role as an organization development consultant. Robert’s background includes strategic human resources, organizational development, and process management in the pharmaceutical, technology, foods, marketing, construction, hospitality, and premiered industrial manufacturing industries. He has worked in for-profit, non-profit, academic, and government environments for small, medium, and large growth orientated companies. Robert specializes in strategy culture alignment, employee engagement, human capital ROI, performance/talent management, organization integration and transformation, process management (Six Sigma); whole systems change initiatives, trust building, leadership development, and team effectiveness. Robert has worked for Pfizer, University of Minnesota, Pillsbury, Carlson Companies, Eaton, and Cargill. Some of his clients have included 3M, Best Buy, Blue Acorn, Center for Disease Control, Crow Wing County, Delhaize, Deluxe, Fannie Mae, Keystone Foods, Lilly, PeopleNet, Polaris, Surescript, Syngenta, United Way, and Wake Forest Medical. Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Cloud State University (currently on the Alumni Board), and holds his Masters of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota, with emphasis in Organization Development and Management Information Systems. He completed his Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Organizational Development at the University of St. Thomas, where his dissertation focus was on personality styles of employees and leaders, and the impact they have on a culture of trust within their organizations.

Jackie Stuedemann, Director, Willis Towers Watson. Jackie Stuedemann is a member of the Change Management and Communication team and applies more than 20 years of experience to address her clients’ challenges. Her expertise in internal change management, employee communication, advertising and marketing allows her to blend both creative and practical approaches to her work. Jackie’s areas of expertise include assessing change impacts to create and implement custom change and communication strategies, linking the employee experience to business outcomes and driving behavior change. Jackie’s clients represent multiple industries, including financial services, health care, manufacturing and more.

Katie Tedson, Recruiting, Onboarding, and Volunteer Services Manager, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. Katie Tedson is an HR professional with nearly a decade of experience in human resources and volunteer program management. Katie currently oversees talent acquisition for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration.

Holly Whitcomb, 3M Leadership Way Team Lead/Global Learning & Coaching Manager, 3M Company. Holly Whitcomb’s passion for helping people be the best they can be drives her every day. Holly leads the 3M Leadership Way Programs, 3M’s leadership development programs targeting high potential talent. Holly is also one of 3M’s internal Leadership Coaches, providing one-on-one leadership coaching with 3M clients, and acts as lead faculty for Insights Discovery within 3M. Previously, Holly has held the position of Learning and Development Manager in 3M’s Consumer Business Group, Learning Specialist within 3M’s Marketing Center of Expertise, and Training & Communication Specialist in 3M’s Business Conduct and Ethics organization. Prior to joining 3M, she specialized in facilitating and supporting professional cross-company virtual mentoring relationships with MENTTIUM Corporation. Earlier in her career, Holly held HR management positions with Caribou Coffee, Amplifon USA and Qwest Communications. Holly received her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota and holds a BA in Speech/Communications from the University of Minnesota. She completed her Hudson Internal Coaching Certification in 2016 and holds the ACC level certification with the International Coaching Federation.




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