Rennie-AlstonRennie Alston

Rennie Alston is currently CEO of The American River Group of Companies, parent company to a premiere international trade consulting firm. He is the also the founder and Director of the World Academy, an international trade development and professional training academy designed especially for international trade professionals with global compliance and logistics responsibilities. Mr. Alston’s firm specializes in U.S. Customs regulations, documentation and operations procedures; he is a licensed customhouse broker who holds over thirty years of interactive work experience with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. For more than twenty years, Mr. Alston has served as senior instructor for the World Trade Institute and numerous colleges and universities teaching accredited courses on U.S. Customs Regulations and Documentation and Compliance.

Mr. Alston has provided Inco terms 2010 training for the United Nations Global Procurement team as well as UN Country liaisons. He has consulted and provided International Trade Compliance and Regulatory Awareness training to companies including Corning Inc., Amgen, ITT, Ralph Lauren Polo, Becton Dickenson, Celgene Corporation, and Monsanto Corporation.

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Dewey Butts III, currently is the Quality Assurance Manager for Weir American Hydro in York, Pennsylvania. He also is the Managing Director of Integrated Business Improvement Solutions (IBIS), a company that is dedicated to supporting organizations in their proliferation of Continuous Improvement. Prior to these positions, Dewey was employed by Harley-Davidson and AlliedSignal/Honeywell serving in Quality Engineering and Continuous Improvement roles. Dewey has over 15 years in Operations management of manufacturing and engineering related functions. He has over 20 years’ experience as a Quality Professional including managing supplier and production quality functions. He has been involved in the development and management of OpEx and Six Sigma programs. Dewey has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of individuals in Quality, Lean Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, and Statistical Process Control from Senior Leadership to factory floor and office staff workers, including Health Care and Manufacturing industries.

Dewey is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is a Section Leader of the Harrisburg Section. He was the Vice-Chair for Special Programs for the Human Development and Leadership Division. He holds certifications as anASQ CSSBB, CQM/OE, CQE, CQA, CSSGB, CQPA, CQT, CQIA, is an AlliedSignal Certified Black Belt anda Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Dewey is a nine year veteran of the United States Air Force, holds a BS in Industrial Technology and an MBA in Business.

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Scott Berry is the managing partner of Michael Advisory Services, a sales and marketing consulting firm specializing in helping companies compete and grow. Prior to founding Michael Advisory Services, he served as executive sales leader of companies such as RR Donnelley, WorkflowOne and Vertis Communications where Scott was responsible for revenues from $300 to $850 million and teams as large as 1000. Scott’s expertise spans every aspect of revenue growth including sales training, sales management, new business development, cross selling, corporate marketing, public relations and CRM implementation. As a recognized sales leader, Scott has also been published in a variety of trade journals. He may be reached at scottberry@mas.guru or www.michaeladvisoryservices.com.

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Robin has more than 15 years of experience in human resources currently serving as a Human Resources Executive for Discovery USA, a global agency specializing in healthcare marketing and advertising. She has proven expertise in all human resources functions including talent management, organizational development, compensation, benefits, and managing labor relations. Robin has led the human resources efforts across diverse organizations of varying sizes spanning both services and manufacturing environments. Prior to Discovery, Robin served as Vice President of Human Resources at Vertis Communications, a leading provider of advertising and marketing solutions servicing the nation’s top retail and consumer products companies with 5,200 employees across 100 locations including the US, Mexico, and Canada. She holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification and Blackbelt Certification in Lean & Continuous Improvement. Robin earned a B.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Purdue University.

Melissa FleischerMelissa Fleischer, Esq.

Melissa Fleischer, Esq., is a sought-after employment law attorney and HR advisor, having utilized her 20+ years of law practice experience specializing in employment discrimination litigation to form HR Learning Center LLC, an HR consulting firm that specializes in providing workplace solutions to employers on a wide range of legal and human resource management issues. Ms. Fleischer provides preventative counseling and proactive training on a wide-range of employment law issues to help employers achieve legal compliance and reduce litigation costs,
Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney and is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. Ms. Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. Ms Fleischer was previously associated with Epstein Becker & Green in NYC.
Through HR Learning Center, Ms. Fleischer provides on-site training seminars and on-line training webinars and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resource issues including sexual harassment, disabilities, diversity, discrimination, workplace violence, employee use of social media, job descriptions, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, FLSA misclassification and independent contractor status, information privacy and security, and HR records management. She also offers compliance training on the major employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, including exempt and non-exempt worker classifications and the National Labor Relations Act. She presents seminars, leads webinars and workshops, and is a frequent lecturer on these and other HR management and legal topics.

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Bob Forshay is a principal of Mastermind Group and a consultant with Transformance Advisors. As a Certified Lean Master in Supply Chain and Operations Management he is an expert at implementing Lean-Six Sigma supply chain solutions for business leaders seeking a competitive advantage. Holder of multiple certifications from APICS & ISCEA he teaches Lean Six Sigma Black Belts how to structure for the WIN-WIN. Bob’s leadership success comes from his 30+ years of experience as a change agent. He can help you learn how to transform your supply chain management into a core competency creating competitive advantage.

Bob is a frequent speaker for APICS, ISM, ASQ, SME and other groups and as an APICS Master Instructor he has taught supply chain management certifications since 1989, providing more than 3000 hours of supply chain and operations education to more than 1000 practitioners. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching Manufacturing Management. As an experienced consultant and coach, Bob has helped scores of firms attack systematic waste, with a structured approach directly improving the bottom line for service or manufacturing, for profit and non-profit alike.

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Tom Fragale is a computer professional with over 30 years of professional experience. He has trained over 30,000 business people in on-line webinars, public seminars, and on-site training. His clients include many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, military bases, and companies large and small across many industries, including manufacturing, banking, pharmaceutical, education, retail, etc. He started his career as a database application programmer and has served as a consultant and project manager on many successful projects. His topics of expertise include: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Crystal Reports, SQL Server, Visio, QuickBooks, and SharePoint, among others. His passion is training people and helping people get the most out of their computers, and he is a published author having written a book on Microsoft Access. He graduated in 1988 from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA with a BA in Computer Science.

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Jean Franzblau is a seminar leader and training consultant with over fourteen years of experience delivering high impact, high-energy programs. She has presented in six countries with audiences of up to three hundred people for industries including technology, manufacturing, law, government, healthcare, recruiting, hospitality, education, financial services, non-profit, and real estate. Her clients include Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, United States Marine Corps and Stanford University.
Jean received her B.A. with cum laude honors at UCLA in Communications and Business Administration. She continues to hone her craft with the Association for Talent Development and has served on that organization’s Los Angeles board. Her specialties include leadership, communication and stress management. Find out more about Jean’s background and programs at JeanFranzblau.com.

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Colleen Gaffney is a professional coach trained and certified by the Coaches Training Institute with over 20 years experience as an HR executive providing leadership development and executive coaching. Colleen works with executive leaders to assess and build leadership capability. She also specializes in working with teams to become more productive and synergistic facilitating their development by helping them to build on team strengths. She is especially effective in helping individuals and team members resolve conflict and build successful interpersonal partnerships. Colleen received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has received her certification from the Coaches Training Institute and the Academy for Coaching Excellence. Her client list includes Facebook, Oracle, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Tantia Technologies, Storagetek, Seagate, National Institute of Standards, and the University of Colorado

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Randall Goodden is the Founder and President of Randall Goodden International a firm dedicated to helping manufacturing corporations prevent product recalls and product liability lawsuits. He is recognized as a leading expert on Product Safety and Product Liability Prevention around the world by manufacturing corporations, insurance companies, international television news networks, government agencies, professional associations, and numerous publications. He has taught PS & LP to thousands of manufacturing executives worldwide, is the author of 3 best-selling books and was the first Chairman of the national Defense Attorney Association’s – Manufacturers Risk Specialized Litigation Group from 1995-2000. He is the President and Founder of the International Product Safety & Liability Prevention Association, and Chairman of ASQ’s Product Safety & Liability Prevention Division.

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Susanne Hemet is an International Speaker, Success Coach, Corporate Trainer, Author, and Collaborative Leadership Expert. Trained by Jack Canfield, America’s Success Coach and co-creator of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, she has spent more than 15 years inspiring others to realize their dreams and create personal and professional success. Now, as the Founder and CEO of Collective Herd, a Human Potential Training company, Susanne delivers clarity, confidence and purpose to your goals and insists that a sense of balance and fun are absolutely necessary.

Susanne’s book, Successful to the Core: Connecting to What Matters Most to Create a Successful Life, teaches readers how to build a solid foundation for meaningful and fulfilling success by identifying and aligning their goals with their core values.

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Dave Ippolito is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) having retired from OSHA after more than 30 years of service in the Agency. With more than 15 years of enforcement experience and has conducted more than 500 inspections in a variety of industries including construction, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, and manufacturing just to name a few. In addition, he was the Director of OSHA’s Office of Science and Technology Assessment.  His clients benefit from his proven expertise and experiences obtained both from the field and as a Director of a national office. He has his BS in Environmental Science from Rutgers University.

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Mr. Jaycox is an independent packaging engineer, consultant and trainer in the implementation of compliance and packaging programs for regulated materials – Hazardous Materials (Dangerous Goods), as well as packaging materials conversion under a variety of regulations, including Food and Food Safety Management Systems, California RPPC and the EU Packaging Directive. He has spent over 20 years working directly with a broad spectrum of packaging customers designing, testing and implementing hundreds of transport packaging programs utilizing a wide variety of packaging materials and design types. His expertise covers managing packaging programs in the areas of effectiveness, optimization in design, ease of implementation, program cost, Quality Systems, regulatory compliance, and transport packaging systems including the implementation of GFSI Food Safety Management Systems for food packaging. Mr. Jaycox is active in industry and related organizations, including: Dangerous Goods Advisory Counsel, COSTHA, ASTM and IoPP and has been trained and tested (NSF) as a HACCP Manager and Internal Auditor.

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As the founder of Barbara Khozam Speaking and Consulting, Barbara is an internationally recognized speaker and trainer having delivered over 1000 presentations on Customer Service, Leadership, and Communication. Her audiences include employees of Xerox, Symantec, Verizon, and the FBI to name a few. Known for her “High Energy/High Impact” delivery, outrageous wit, and ability to tackle real issues posed by her audience, she has been the recipient of dozens of awards for Sales Achievement & Outstanding Trainer Ratings. Barbara is the author of How Organizations Deliver BAD Customer Service (And Strategies that Turn it Around) and the co-author of The Power of the Platform, and Executive Etiquette Power.

Melanie Klinghoffer, JD, LLM

Melanie Klinghoffer, JD, LLM, has been developing and empowering leaders for over 20 years. As the founder of Powerful Transformations, a Human Potential Training Company, Melanie is a Speaker, Corporate Trainer and one-to-one Mentor. Melanie previously served as a senior manager and executive leader -to small private family-owned businesses and large public companies- in the staffing and recruiting industry including The Allegis Group, Inc. the largest staffing company in the United States. Melanie has led through turbulent economic times as well as rapid growth and expansion, all experiences that gives her an invaluable perspective on the challenges leaders and teams are facing today. She has mentored and coached leaders from Fortune 25 companies to solo entrepreneurs. Melanie is passionate about empowering leaders at all levels helping them confidently breakthrough internal and external barriers to achieve desired success.

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Rosemary Laack is an award winning leader and speaker who uses her energetic trademark approach to coach and train all over the world. She spent over 20 years working in both small firms and large Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble and Unilever. Her energy and passion to learn helped take her on a journey from Operations to Marketing & Advertising and from front line staff to Executive Director. In 2007, Rosemary founded her own coaching and professional speaking firm to help shape tomorrow’s leaders today. You can count on her to deliver a fresh approach to managing work, relationships and careers. Rosemary received her B.S. in Business/Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington.

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Carl Lefever has over 15 years experience leading process improvement programs to drive significant business results. Carl has led over 100 projects across diverse set of functions including Operations, Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Supply Chain, Information Technology and Human Resources. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and an experienced facilitator of many other disciplines including Project Management, Strategic Planning, Lean Enterprise and Business Process Management. Carl gained his experience working in leadership roles in several large organizations in roles including the Director of Lean Six Sigma and Vice President of Sales Operations. He now leads a consulting firm called Improve & Grow, whose primary focus is helping business reach their goals through process improvement.

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Mr. Lubbe is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, the largest management-side workplace law firm in the U.S.  The firm has over 1,000 employment lawyers in 56 offices across the U.S. and Latin America.  Johan is the U.S. Practice Co-Chair of the firm’s International Employment Law Practice Group.

He provides strategic advice and counseling to U.S. employers on a wide range of employment law, labor relations, human resources, data privacy and workplace compliance matters. Who’s Who Legal noted in its survey that Johan is “greatly admired” for his expertise in data privacy and the workplace. Johan is an experienced litigator, and has represented employers in disputes before government agencies (such as the EEOC and the NLRB), arbitrators, and courts.  He holds law degrees from leading law schools in the U.S., England and South Africa.  He started his legal career as a labor lawyer in South Africa and has been practicing in the U.S. for the past 18 years. He has authored a number of articles on employment issues, and is a frequent speaker at employment law conferences in the U.S. and overseas.

He is recognized as a leading employment lawyer in a number of publications, including Best Lawyers in the U.S., Practical Law Company’s Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-border Handbook, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, and the Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New York.

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Mark Lucas has over 18 years of experience configuring and administrating Microsoft and Apple systems. As Lead System Administrator, Mark designs and builds enterprise-level email systems and develops secure server enclaves for Caltech. He holds the SANS Global Information Assurance Certification as a Certified Windows Security Administrator. He remains abreast of the current threats and activities that affect internet participants through his volunteer service with Infragard. Mark regularly speaks on security topics affecting everyone and their safety when connecting to the internet.

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Sindy Martin is the founder of Smartin International, Inc. and The Smartin Center for Professional Excellence, a premier business professionalism and protocol consulting firm dedicated to helping executives enhance their professionalism, interpersonal skills and cultural awareness. She has provided communication and leadership training programs, keynotes, and executive coaching to Fortune 500 companies, universities and national conferences.

As an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and coach, Sindy is on a mission to revitalize civility helping thousands of people around the world learn to be more confident and courteous in business and social situations. She is the author of Smartin-Up Your Professionalism in 365 Tweets. Sindy has appeared on television including CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates and has written featured articles for newspapers and magazines.

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MICHAEL J. MIRARCHI is a leading expert recognized throughout the country as an authority on employment-related lawsuit prevention tactics. He developed his passion for litigation prevention at Frito-Lay, where he defended the company from employment-related legal challenges. During the five years that he headed that effort, the company won every case that went to trial. Drawing from over 30 years of experience in employment and labor Law, as an employer defense attorney and as an HR Vice President, he developed “Reset the Clock.” The program has been presented over 1000 times to more than 23,000 managers at employer facilities across the continent. He regularly conducts the program at Regional, State and National SHRM Annual Conferences. In conjunction with various employer, industry and professional associations, he has conducted live TV broadcasts, webinars and on-line employee relations programs. In 2013 Mike was the inaugural inductee into The HRSouthwest Conference Speaker Hall of Fame. Mr. Mirarchi received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Seton Hall University.

Mark Moser copyMark Moser MBA SHRM-SCP SPHR CPBA CCP

Mark Moser spent 14 years in operations, sales and sales management roles before shifting his focus to human resources and organizational development leadership. With over 10 years experience as a senior HR executive, Mark specializes in strategic HR for small and mid-size firms, helping them ensure that their HR processes are compliant and aligned with the company’s strategy. Mark is also an adjunct faculty member at UNCG, teaching management and HR courses in the Bryan School of Business.
Mark earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his M.B.A. from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He also holds the Senior Certified Professional designation (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management, the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) accreditation from the HR Certification Institute, a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst (CBPA) certification through Target Training International, and the Certified Coach Practitioner (CCP) certification through the Certified Coaches Federation.

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Michelle Ormond is President of Ormond and Associates LLC, a management consulting firm started in 1989, focusing primarily on Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, and Strategic Sourcing Management. Michelle has over thirty years of experience in a variety of areas including electronics, outsourcing, telecommunications, intellectual property acquisition, technology licensing, medical devices, and custom integrated circuits. In parallel, Michelle has worked for NCR, Western Digital, General Instrument, Motorola, Applied Micro Circuits, NextWave Broadband, Cardinal Health and CareFusion in various management roles.

Michelle is a member of Society of Women Engineers, Institute for Supply Management, APICS (Operations Management), Global Semiconductor Alliance, Intellectual Property Valuation Organization, Medical Devices Group, and the International Women’s Leadership Association. She has been a guest speaker/chairman for LogiMed 2014 and YWCA’s TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Awards Ceremony. She received the TWIN award in 2004. As part of giving back to society, Michelle founded Rancho Refugio, Incorporated, in 1999. An equine and canine rescue organization, it is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Law from University of Redlands as well as several related certifications from Caltech, University of Maryland, and UCLA. She has also participated in Top Gun Leadership Training, Senior Management Culture Training and Lean Six Sigma.

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Scott Plum is the current president of the Minnesota Sales Institute providing leadership development to sales directors, managers and C-level members. He is the past president of the Professional Sales Association, which delivers ongoing selling skills and modern-day techniques to its members. Scott is also a member of the National Speakers Association and sits on the board of the local chapter. His webinars, workshops and seminars focus on teaching salespeople how to overcoming the barriers that hold them back in an evolving marketplace. Scott Plum started his sales career at age 21 and now shares the skills and techniques he has learned with others.

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Marty Preuss, President of High Impact Metrics, LLC, is a performance improvement professional with over 20 years of experience in business results optimization. Starting as a Mechanical Engineer in an operating Nuclear Generating facility, he has applied Lean Six Sigma in a variety of industries and processes. In addition to his Six Sigma Black Belt, he has earned certifications as an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional, ASQ Quality Engineer and ASQ Quality Manager. As a recognized Lean Six Sigma expert, he is particularly accomplished in multi-facility change leadership.  Mr. Preuss also created the High Impact Metrics approach to performance improvement where he combines Lean Six Sigma’s critical thinking with modern web collaboration. He readily shares his knowledge and experience as a speaker at professional associations, such as  APICS, ASQ, etc.  Learn more at HighImpactMetrics.com.

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Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He recently retired from his position as the Quality Administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture where he started the first RFID farm-to-distribution-to-retail traceability system. The initial system was expanded to monitor air freighted produce temperature controls. His book entitled “Guide to Food Safety during Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices”, will soon be released. He also specializes in providing container traceability and sanitation training and certification for food transporters. He has published over fifty articles and has spent over thirty years at the vice president and executive director levels in operations and quality for a number of international corporations both in the United States and as an expatriate in a number of Asian countries.

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David Sanders has over 36 years in the accounting & finance field having served as an accountant, corporate controller, and CFO . He has authored 4 books, 6 audio tapes, and has done countless seminars relating to business, accounting, finance, business operation and efficiencies. David is considered a world leading consultant on finance, business operations, turn-arounds, and government fund accounting having traveled the world serving companies large and small. He also consults on contract fraud, internal controls, and accounting & finance for non-financial Managers. David has degrees in finance, taxation, and accounting.

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For the past 18 years, Lauren Schieffer has been educating and energizing global audiences. She is the architect of and driving force behind the High Road Communication revolution where her clients include Colgate Palmolive, The United States Departments of Labor, Veterans Affairs and Justice, QuikTrip, InterContinental Hotel Group and Trump Enterprises to name a few. Able to relate to – and motivate – everyone from the custodial staff to C-Level executives, Lauren has spent her career pinpointing not only how to understand differing communication styles but also how to resolve conflict. Lauren is a renowned author and master communicator. Her first book, Road Signs on the High Road of Life, has been listed in the top ten for corporate gift-giving by Lifestyle Magazine.

Dave Sheffield Motivational SpeakerDave “The Shef” Sheffield

Motivational Speaker, Dave “The Shef” Sheffield, shares recipes for success in motivation, marketing, and leadership with audiences world-wide. More than 558,000 people from 58 different countries have been impacted by his motivating messages and his books.  Shef’s custom-tailored speaking programs are entertaining and packed with actionable take-away value. Whether your audience needs to motivate their team, deal with change, or create a culture of greatness and awesome customer service; Shef’s lessons will help your team reach their goals.  For more information about Dave visit his site at www.TheShef.com

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Ida Shessel has been a professional facilitator, speaker, consultant, and coach for over 30 years. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies in the fields of technology, finance, pharmaceuticals, government, automotive, telecommunications, gaming, retail, higher education, and more. As an expert in the design and delivery of workshops and talks, she is on a mission to help speakers and workshop leaders eliminate information dump and help them engage, encourage, and empower their audiences.

Ida is the author of five business books including Communicate Like a Top Leader: 64 Strategies Top Leaders Use to Engage, Encourage, and Empower Others and Meeting with Success: Tips and Techniques for Great Meetings. She has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Toronto and an M.Ed. in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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Gabe Sierra is the founder and President of Prometrix Consulting. Prior to founding Prometrix Gabe was Chief of Staff for OSHA. During his tenure as a senior member of the Assistant Secretary’s management team he helped lead a decline in the injury / illness and fatality rates to the lowest levels in the nation’s history. With more than 20 years of industry and government experience, he has extensive professional expertise in industrial engineering and construction, OSHA regulatory management, manufacturing, and process manufacturing technology development. He possesses 7 utility patents and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA in Finance.

Patrick-Snow-Headshot-(Hawaii)Patrick Snow

Patrick Snow is an international best-selling author, professional keynote speaker, publishing, speaking and book marketing coach. He is author of the international bestseller, Creating Your Own Destiny, which has sold more than 250,000 copies in five language and 108 countries worldwide since its first printing in 2001. Patrick’s “DESTINY” message has been recognized on TV, in magazines, and in major newspapers such as The New York Times. His book and family photo was also featured as a cover story in the December 5th, 2002, issue of USA TODAY. He is also a contributing author to numerous other books including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction.
As a publishing coach, he has mentored more than 750 clients throughout the world to successfully publish their fiction, non-fiction, memoir, legacy, or children’s book. Originally from Michigan, Patrick graduated from the University of Montana in 1991 and currently lives in Maui, Hawaii.


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Terri Solomon is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, the largest management-side workplace law firm in the U.S. The firm has over 1,000 employment lawyers in 56 offices across the U.S. and Latin America. She provides strategic advice, counseling and training to US employers on a wide range of topics including harassment avoidance, FMLA and ADA compliance, workplace violence prevention, conducting investigations, performance management and supervisory skills, and social media. She also designed the training program, which was approved by the EEOC and a court monitor. Terri is a frequent lecturer on employment and labor law and is the author of numerous articles on employment-related topics. She received her BA from University of Massachusetts her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and is a member of both the NY and NJ bar associations.


Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, Ph.D

Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, Ph.D. and president of Advantage Leadership, Inc., works with companies around the world that want strategic leaders and engaged employees to increase bottom- and top-line results and delight customers. You achieve your goals through strategic planning and leadership, management, team, and organizational development. Draw on her proven ability to mentor you through major change, working with you to craft customized, successful solutions to your complex business issues in all economic sectors. Our mission is your success.

Rebecca is the author of Success Planning: A ‘How-To’ Guide for Strategic Planning, Conventional Wisdom: How Today’s Leaders Plan, Perform, and Progress Like the Founding Fathers, and the forthcoming Washington’s Shadow: How Leaders Cast a Long Shadow and Create a Strong Culture. She has contributed improved organizational value as a leader, manager, keynoter, educator, and consultant honored by organizations on four continents. Rebecca is a Ph.D. in organizational development, MBTI® Master Practitioner, a National Speakers Association Professional Member, and St. Petersburg Engineering Academy Foreign Member.

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Michael J. Tucci, P.E., a Senior Project Manager at IES Engineers has over 10 years of experience working with clients in various industry sectors to comply with complex federal and state regulations, including RCRA and others. Mike has vast project experience, which includes working with commercial, industrial, and institutional project stakeholders to achieve favorable outcomes on a wide variety of projects. His project experience has involves clients who operate in many different business sectors. Mike has performed environmental and regulatory audits for clients spanning many sectors from the pharmaceutical to institutional industries. Focusing on and identifying gaps in client environmental strategies and compliance, he has been able to identify gaps and prevent enforcement action. Areas of experience relate to Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), RCRA, OSHA, among many others.

Mike’s audit experience includes detailed facility inspections, and review of generator records to determine compliance with the complex RCRA regulations. Additionally, Mike has developed compliance strategies and has assisted clients to minimize the impacts of regulatory agency enforcement actions. In addition to being a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), Mike has a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and is pursuing a MS in Environmental Engineering from Temple University.

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Joanna is the Senior Human Resources Generalist at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC). During her tenure at CCTC, she has successfully designed and directed the agency’s staff development program which prepares staff to meet the challenges of serving the emotional and behavioral needs of at risk children and families. As part of a dynamic HR Team, she is instrumental in the strategic direction and execution of the agency’s talent acquisition and management practices.

As Board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (PSHRM) and Co-Director of PSHRM Symposium she is dedicated to providing opportunities to ‘Engage, Learn and Connect’ to the diverse community of HR leaders and business professionals with a mission to sharpen existing skill sets and fill skill gaps and leave with relevant information and learning that transfer immediately to their work environment. In partnership with the Emerging Leaders Committee, she helped launch and implement the successful HR Development Series for three years. The series provided valuable career information for current, aspiring and in transition HR professionals who wanted to establish a definitive plan for progression within the field relative to their interests and goals.

Joanna holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Joseph’s University and has been SPHR certified since 2011.