Keynote: Victoria Labalme
Performing Artist & Communications Catalyst

Victoria Labalme brings 20 years of professional theater, comedy, movement, and film to the business community, with a specialty in applying the performing arts to the communications and relationship-building industry. She works with individuals and organizations who want to increase their impact, build meaningful and profitable relationships, and reconnect with the creativity and passion to inspire their best work.

A graduate of Stanford University, Labalme has created customized events for dozens of household names, including Starbucks, IBM, Intel, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Western Union, and Verizon. Her “theatrical keynote” and interactive sessions draw on her decades in show biz, with appearances that include Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club, HBO’s Sex & The City, ABC/Good Morning America’s stage, off-Broadway shows, and more.

Through her seminars and private coaching sessions on presentation and communication skills, Labalme has worked with thousands of presenters and teams from CEOs and senior executives, to consultants and administrative assistants, to New York Times best-selling authors. Known in the speaking industry as a “Master Performance Coach,” Labalme has created and delivered workshops and seminars to professional speakers and has been a private coach for scores of top presenters in the field. Her TEDx Talk, Risk Forward®: The Importance of Uncertainty, explores the key to finding one’s way forward when a path or project is not clear.

Labalme is also the Creative Director of Little Works Greeting Cards, furthering her message of communication and connection.

Guest Speakers

Michelle Baker
Talent Development Leader,
FORUM Credit Union

Michelle has been a champion of workplace learning for 18 years, helping companies develop and implement meaningful onboarding and learning initiatives. Publications include:
phase(two)learning blog and Talent GPS: A Manager’s Guide to Navigating the Employee Development Journey.


Lauraine Bifulco
President, CEO, & Principal Consultant; Vantaggio HR

Lauraine is a veteran HR executive and entrepreneur with 30 years of international, corporate, and consulting experience. Her perspective on the impact culture has on business makes her a sought-after industry resource, particularly on HR topics with an emphasis on employment law compliance.


Chris Bogosh 
Senior Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn 

From graduating with a degree in computer science and managing a computer store, to becoming a robotics engineer and then an IT recruiter, Chris' career has been a fun and exciting journey. At LinkedIn, he partners with clients to ensure optimal use of the platform.


Gabrielle Bosche
President & CEO,
The Millennial Solution

Gabrielle is America's Millennial expert. She is a best-selling author, speaker, and Millennial entrepreneur whose TEDx Talk discusses whether Millennials will be the next greatest generation. She is the author of four books, including 5 Millennial Myths: The Handbook for Managing & Motivating Millennials.


Christina Brady
Enterprise Manager,

Christina is an enterprise manager at Glassdoor, one of the largest and fastest growing job sites in the U.S., where her team focuses on client resources, strategy, longevity, and advising surrounding branding and recruitment. 


Bruce Christopher
Psychologist & Humorist,
Bruce Christopher Seminars

Bruce has spoken at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table Conference, London's Royal College of Surgeons, and the Mayo Clinic. He is a practicing supervising Clinical Psychologist with degrees in both professional psychology and interpersonal communications, and is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Fortune 500.


Scott Christopher

Christopher Communications
Scott is the author of the best-selling People People: Who They Are, Why They Win and How To Become One; The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up; and The Seven UPs of Happiness. He has appeared on a number of TV series, including Modern Family, Criminal Minds, Touched by an Angel, and more.


Brad Cooper 
Chief Executive Officer,
US Corporate Wellness 

Brad holds a pair of master's degrees, including an MBA. He has authored four books and spoken professionally in all 50 states. In 2016, he was recognized by several publications as the "World's Fittest CEO" for his results in the Ironman, marathon, and the Race Across America bike race.


Suzanna Cooper
Chief Learning Officer,
US Corporate Wellness 

Suzanna has a pair of master's degrees, including one in counseling, and is known for her knowledge of coaching and interpersonal communication. She was recently recognized as one of Colorado's "Most Outstanding Women in Business."


Catherine Malloy Cummings
CEO, SparkWorks

Catherine is a breakthrough human resources strategist known for navigating executives through the complexities of talent retention and corporate growth. Using her proprietary framework, she guides management in discovering and defining their ideal workplace culture through in-depth ideation sessions.


Christine Demarquoy, SHRM-CP
Head of Recruitment & Retention Strategy; Southeastrans, Inc. 

Christine has a great deal of experience in global and national human resources management. In her current role, she leads all recruitment efforts and develops and implements the company's employee retention program.


Lisa Downs
President & Owner, 

Downs Leadership

Lisa works with individuals and companies to ensure they have the leadership and team performance solutions they need to be successful. She is the author of Listening Skills TrainingTime Management Training, and Negotiation Skills Training.


Mark Fogel
CEO & Co-Founder, 

Human Capital 3.0
Mark is an influencer in the HR space and known for his HR with an Attitude. With 15 years heading HR at three prominent organizations and a slew of national awards, he has made a major impact on the human capital function. Follow him at


Don Garlitz

Business Development,

Don leads business development and carrier partner relationships for bswift’s marketplace and contributes to the development of consumer-facing technology, including bswift’s Ask Emma decision support tool. Don started as an insurance producer in 1997 and has held various sales, consulting and management positions at FirstWest Benefit Solutions, Beneficial Life and Aflac. 


Phil Hamburg

VP of Strategic Growth;

Root, Inc. 
Phil is responsible for the development and delivery of strategy execution solutions with a focus on outcomes that drive higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty. His expertise is in helping executive teams engage their organizations in strategy deployment, change management, leadership development, and onboarding.


Sean Herring


Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Sean defends employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. He advises clients in employment litigation matters, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, disability and sex discrimination, harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wage and hour violations.


Michael Harness

Sr. Director of NA Enterprise Sales,

Mike has spent more than a decade building and leading teams and groups that are solely focused on helping organizations attract and hire talent. Prior to joining Glassdoor, Mike spent several years at CareerBuilder and Indeed.   


Lorna J. Kibbey

Professional Speaker, 

Lorna Kibbey Leadership Solutions
Lorna designs and delivers management and leadership seminars that focus on the many issues surrounding leadership, motivation, and communication. She has first-hand experience dealing with the most difficult situations managers face, having served as a leader and manager for more than 24 years in the government sector.


Lori Kleiman, SPHR

Managing Director,
HR Topics

Lori is a business expert with 25 years advising companies on HR issues. A frequent speaker on a wide range of topics, she is the author of Fire HR Now! and HR You Can Use! Lori has a master's degree in human resources and is a member of the National Speakers Association.


Jason Lauritsen
Speaker & Advisor, Platinum Speakers Agency

Jason has been described as "a corporate executive gone rogue." For nearly a decade, he spent his days as a corporate HR executive where he developed a reputation for driving business results through talent. He is the co-author of the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships and is a frequently published writer and blogger.


Louis R. Lessig Esquire, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Partner; Brown & Connery, LLP
Louis regularly counsels clients, conducts training sessions, and represents clients in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Every year since 2012, he has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in labor and employment law.


David Lewis

Founder, President, & CEO;

David's firm is one of the Northeast's largest HR outsourcing and consulting firms, growing steadily since its inception in 2001. He serves as an on-air subject-matter expert in HR, workplace management, and small business issues for MSNBC, FOX, CBS Radio, and NPR.


Whitney Martin, MS

Measurement Strategist,

ProActive Consulting 

Whitney's passion and expertise lies in the field of surveys and assessments. A self-professed "data nerd," she has conducted extensive research on the predictive validity of various hiring assessment strategies. She has contributed to What’s Next in Human Resources and Evolution of Human Resources.


Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
President, Civility Partners 

Catherine has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workforces since 2017. She is the author of BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work and SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.


Paul Meshanko

President & CEO,
Legacy Business Cultures

Paul specializes in change management and employee engagement training, diversity and inclusion training, executive coaching, and organizational assessments. He is the author of Conversations on Success, The Respect Effect, and The Respect Effect: Using the Science of Neuroleadership to Inspire a More Loyal and Productive Workplace.


Cathy Missildine, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Co-Founder & Chief Performance Officer, Intellectual Capital Consulting
Cathy has worked closely with executives in the areas of performance, productivity, organizational metrics, training, employee and customer engagement, workforce planning, organizational change, and strategic implementation. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, where she earned an MBA.


Kevin Pitts


Kevin is a seasoned leader, consultant, and facilitator. He is an adjunct professor at Drexel University and a moderator for Harvard Business Publishing who has led workshops and coached executives across the country. Kevin has published several articles in the areas of business strategy, total quality management, environmental scanning, and decision-making.


Amy Hirsh Robinson, MBA
Interchange Group

Amy is a leading expert on the changing workforce and the impact of generational shifts on organizations. She consults to Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, and nonprofits to prepare and retool leaders and their workforces to excel and compete in the New Economy. Amy speaks and publishes widely on workforce strategies for the New Economy.


Angela Sebaly

Co-Founder & CEO;

Personify Leadership, LLC 

Angela has held senior roles with major organizations in the telecommunications, construction, and hospitality industries and has worked with thousands of leaders assessing their unique talent and how to move their performance to the next level. She is the author of The Courageous Leader


Nate Wigert

Recruitment Evangelist,

As a Recruitment Evangelist at Indeed, Nate pairs platform data with industry trend analysis to share Indeed’s story and bring the value of the company’s programs and solutions to life. With two years of prior account management experience at Indeed, Nate brings a unique perspective when delivering his message to audiences.


David J. Witz, AIF®, GFS®

CEO & Managing Director;

Fiduciary Risk Assessment, LLC & PlanTools, LLC
David has more than 36 years of industry experience in multiple retirement plan disciplines. He has been published or quoted by numerous journals and magazines, is widely recruited to speak at national conferences, and has served as an expert witness on many of the largest excessive fee litigation cases.

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