Nikki Jackson, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Senior Vice President & Regional Executive,
Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed in 2014, Ms. Jackson served as personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA, vice chancellor of human resources for Maricopa Community Colleges, and other positions in both the health care and legal fields. In her positions, she focused on strategic planning, community partnerships, succession planning, recruitment and retention, and labor negotiations. Ms. Jackson earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Hampton University. She is considerably involved in the Louisville community.
Ms. Jackson is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Women’s Club of Louisville. She serves on the boards of One West, Louisville Public Media, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, University of Louisville’s College of Business Board of Advisors and Family Scholar House. Previous board memberships include Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Women for Women, Kentucky Retirement Systems, Kentucky Deferred Compensation Authority, and Kentucky Mutual Employers Insurance.
In 2016 she was selected as one of the Business First of Louisville’s “20 People to Know in Banking and Finance.” She has also been honored as a 2009 “Forty Under Forty” winner and recognized as one of the “10 Most Influential Women of Louisville.”
Jennifer Willis, Humana
Vice President, Commercial Sales, Kentucky and Indiana
Growing up in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, Jennifer had the opportunity to travel throughout the world before attending the University of Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Jennifer enjoys volunteering with professional and non-profit organizations.
Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership Oldham County, Leadership Louisville and Leadership Kentucky. Jennifer currently serves on the boards of United Way Oldham County chapter and Oldham County Education Foundation. She is the former Board President of the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer is on the Fundraising Committee of Kentucky Nature Preserve at Creasey Mahan. In Oct 2013, Jennifer was recognized by the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development with the Spirited Women Achieving Notoriety (SWAN) award. In Feb 2015, Jennifer was awarded the Fan Favorite Award during the Dancing with Prospect Stars charity event where she danced the Salsa and raised over $12,000 for USA Cares. In Oct 2016, Jennifer was awarded the Strong Woman Leadership Award by the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer is married to husband, Thomas and has two children. Besides being a wife and mother, Jennifer enjoys golf, crafts, cooking, and travel.
Darleen Santore, Performance@HigherDegree
Founder & CEO
Darleen Santore makes it her life’s mission to motivate, inspire and awaken greatness in others. Better known as “Coach Dar,” she coaches and helps individuals gain clarity and focus in order to live well, lead well and propel themselves to new heights. For twenty years, she has worked as a Board Certified Occupational Therapist as well as a Life and Leadership Coach. As a therapist, she’s worked side- by-side with individuals who have overcome unimaginable setbacks because of illness or injury. Her life and leadership coaching has paired her with leaders of all walks of life including athletes, performers, artists, entrepreneurs and executives. Her game plan is to help each person reach their peak potential by developing character, inspiring self-confidence and instilling leadership skills that take performance to the next level. Coach Dar’s goal is to create a personalized plan to ‘Level Up’ in life, in business and at home.
As a Certified Facilitator of the Path Elements Profile, she has used this instrumental tool to transform communication and increase productivity for hundreds of individuals and dozens of corporations. She is the nationally acclaimed U.S. Ambassador for the Global Pay It Forward Initiative that has inspired random acts of kindness in the lives of over 10 million people worldwide. Coach Dar also has years of experience as a C-Level Executive in healthcare, entertainment and direct marketing. Her powerful messages have made her not only a highly sought after coach of individuals, but also an in-demand keynote speaker who has motivated hundreds of thousands of people in the corporate speaking circuit.
Master of Ceremony
Diane Williamson, SheSaid Productions, Inc.
Jorge De La Jara, Norton Healthcare
System Director of Inclusion
Jorge received a BA in business administration from Pfeiffer University and MBA from Wake Forest University. He is a former Chairman for the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte, NC. He currently serves as a board member for the Louisville Urban League and the Make A Wish Foundation in Kentucky. Born in Peru, Jorge’s Chinese-European Latin American heritage gives him a unique multi-cultural perspective as an immigrant to the United States. He is proud of his wife of 19 years and their 11-year-old son & 9-year-old daughter.
Dr. Tim Findley, Kindred Healthcare
Division Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Findley has a doctoral degree from Spalding University, an MBA from Webster University, and a bachelor degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Findley is certified as a diversity professional/advanced practitioner by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he is also a member of the adjunct faculty teaching leadership, diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Dr. Findley also is or has been an adjunct instructor at Webster University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, the University of Phoenix, and Jefferson Community College.
Dr. Findley is former chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Father Maloney’s Boy’s Haven and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Lincoln Foundation. Dr. Findley was also chairperson of the Premier Supplier Diversity Committee. Premier is one of the nation’s largest performance improvement alliances of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers. They bring together hospitals, health systems, physicians and other healthcare providers with the goal to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. He is a former board member of the Volunteers of America, the Louisville Central Community Centers, and the Kentucky Industrials for the Blind. Dr. Findley has been a presenter at numerous conferences regionally and nationally, speaking on topics of leadership, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and communications.
Jim Ingersoll, Brown-Forman Distillery Operations
Jim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University. He has also been a certified facilitator in Development Dimensions International (DDI), which is a robust leadership development program. Jim has been an active member in Employee Resource Groups for the majority of his career focused on supporting Young Professionals and Women in Leadership. He is currently on the Brown-Forman Women’s ERG steering committee (GROW) and will be a Co-Lead for planning their Women’s History Month program and activities. Jim owes his great passion in this space to his wife of 10 years and their 3 daughters which are 7, 5 and 2 years old. Jim and his family are originally from Northwest Indiana and relocated to Louisville a few years ago.
Terrian Barnes, Fe-smart LLC
Principal & Owner
Melissa Melton, Mercer
Melissa has nearly twenty years of software and consulting experience spanning several industries and areas of expertise, including twelve years of compensation related systems experience. She began her career at Mercer more than fourteen years ago and prior to joining Mercer, Melissa spent several years managing software support and implementation at a software firm where she worked closely with both internal and external clients.
Theresa Reno-Weber, Metro United Way
President & CEO
She has spoken both internationally and nationally on the subjects of performance management, data-driven decision making, and culture change and co-authored a chapter in the book Beyond Transparency. In 2015, Government Technology named her one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. In 2016, Theresa received the Best of Kentucky Visionary Award.
A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and former Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard where she deployed to the Persian Gulf, was on the first Coast Guard Cutter to circumnavigate the globe and served as a Sea Marshall post 9-11, Theresa earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Theresa serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Actors Theatre, and The Drucker Institute.
Theresa lives in the Highlands of Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and 3 children.
Jaleigh White, Hilliard Lyons
Executive Vice President
Jaleigh White is Executive Vice President of Hilliard Lyons. She joined the firm in 2011 to lead the transformation of the firm’s brand and service model from its historical roots as a broker/dealer to a full service wealth management firm. Her direct reporting responsibilities include Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, Wealth and Family Office, Wealth Planning, Brand Strategy and Marketing.
In her prior role at Fifth Third Bank headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jaleigh was Managing Director of the Private Bank. In addition to her national P&L and sales responsibilities, she was tasked with migrating its 19 decentralized Private Bank service models into one common brand and service model through a collaborative and intensive two year process. Her last initiative at the bank was to build the first separately branded entity of the bank to serve the bank’s ultra-high net worth clients. In 2009, she launched Mirador Family Wealth Advisors, serving as its inaugural CEO. Jaleigh also served on the leadership team that acquired numerous and varied financial service companies during the expansion of the bank.
Prior to joining the banking industry in the 1990s, Jaleigh spent over a decade in public accounting. She began her career at Arthur Andersen and later joined Kemper CPA Group where she served as Managing Partner for the Tax Department that served the firm’s 26 offices in Indiana, Illinois, California and Florida. In that role, she was responsible for all ERISA issues, mergers and acquisitions work for the firm’s clients, estate and financial planning as well as general tax research and strategy.
Corporate board experience includes her current role on the advisory board of The Oliver Group in Louisville, Kentucky and previous role on the board of Deaconess Health Systems in Evansville, Indiana. She chaired the compensation committee for Deaconess and continues to serve on that committee.
Volunteer experience includes the Welborn Foundation in Evansville, Indiana. This $120 million foundation was formed from the sale of a hospital over a decade ago. In her 11 years on the board, Jaleigh helped with setting the strategy for this new organization and chaired the investment committee for the past 8 years. In Louisville, she serves as a board member for Actor’s Theatre and The Center for Women and Families. In her past she has also served as president of her Chamber of Commerce and on the board for Tales & Scales, and D.A.R.E.
Jaleigh has also been actively involved in the AICPA on a national level for over 20 years. Most recently, she has served on the 21-member task force “Horizons 2025” that set the future strategy for the AICPA and on the governing council. She also served two terms as chair of the investment committee, and was on the nominations committee, employee benefits task force and was a trustee for the Life Insurance Trust.
Jaleigh is a frequent speaker and author on topics involving executive compensation, wealth management needs of business owners, investing for women and generational wealth transfer.
Dr. Debra Clary, Humana
Corporate Director, Leadership Institute
With three decades of experience, Deb has held executive roles in four Fortune 500 Companies, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, Brown-Forman and Humana. Her roles expand from the disciplines of sales management, operations, marketing, to strategic planning and executive leader development. She is also a professional speaker, stand-up comedian and a storyteller. As a professional speaker she shares her expertise on the topics of leadership, hope and transformation where she blends her business expertise with the right touch of humor.
In her current Humana role, Deb works with senior leaders who want to increase their impact and contribution. Her focus is on the advancement of organizational strategy, alignment and renewal.
She holds a Doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Development from George Washington University and is the author of Executive Women and Leadership (2005).
Mary Jo Bean, Norton Healthcare
Senior Vice President, Planning and Business Analysis
Ms. Bean has more than 25 years’ experience in health care, which followed a career in public accounting. Her healthcare career began in 1989 at Humana working in strategic planning and later in mergers and acquisitions. Following that she joined a start-up physician practice management company, HealthSpring, and was involved in company organization, accounting systems set-up and administration and several development activities. Ms. Bean joined United Healthcare in 1995 and worked with two additional healthcare related start-up ventures, including a physician service organization, MTS, Inc., and a physician credentialing company, Aperture Credentialing, Inc., from 1997 to 1999, when she joined Norton Healthcare.
Mrs. Bean grew up in Louisville and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Louisville in 1981. She was a first generation college graduate in her family and went on to obtain her CPA license while working at Ernst & Whinney. Mary Jo recently married her husband, Don Ward, in October 2015. While she has no biological children of her own, she has two by marriage, Emily and Grant Ward, along with her four legged child, Miga, a long haired Chihuahua. Mary Jo loves traveling and exercising, but mostly loves to enjoy her beach home with her family in Florida.
Angela Marshall, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Prior to joining MCM, Angela worked as a Director for Corporate Finance Associates, a worldwide middle-market investment banking firm. Angela has owned her own commercial construction and real estate company. Throughout her career, she’s worked on M&A transactions in broadcasting, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, distribution, technology, business services and construction.
Amy Sandlin, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Amy’s tax practice emphasis is primarily corporate and not-for-profit tax issues. Amy is a member of the firm’s Recruitment Committee, Charitable Action Committee and Next Generation Committee.
Ann Coffey, University of Louisville
Chief of Staff, University Advancement Office
Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Ann was President & CEO of Women 4 Women (W4W). Founded in 1993, W4W is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and economic well-being of women and girls in Louisville, Kentucky. Under her leadership, W4W received the Art in Excellence in Vision award given by the Center for Non-Profit Excellence. During her tenure, W4W launched a community-wide initiative called the Champions 4 Her Walk, Run & Festival raising money and awareness for 10 mission aligned organizations. In addition, W4W Board members pledged $1 million to launch Louisville’s first community-based fund called The Fund 4 Women and Girls. She led the creation of Finance 4 Her the most successful financial education program in the community for underserved women and families. She also led the creation of Fit 4 Me a holistic health and fitness program for underserved middle school girls.
Other career highlights include serving in Governor Martha Layne Collins’ administration as a special assistant to the Governor organizing the first Bluegrass State Games and coordinating the Governor’s educational efforts across the state. Following the Collins’ administration, she worked as a senior account manager for Doe Anderson Advertising and Public Relations in Louisville. In 1998, Ann founded her own consulting business, Z Marketing Co. Her list of clients included the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Miami-Dade Community College, the University of Maryland’s James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership; and the National Center for Diversity.
In 1995, Ann was selected as a National Leadership Kellogg Fellow, which provides emerging leaders with the skills needed to address societal and community issues. Ann studied social marketing during her fellowship focusing on multi-cultural and racial communications challenges. Her three-year fellowship culminated in spending four months visiting five Asian countries meeting with National Governing Organization’s representatives in her quest to learn more about how to connect with diverse audiences worldwide. She later served on the national Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance board of directors.
Ann enjoys the outdoors, athletic activities and international travel. Her passion is mountain climbing, high altitude trekking and introducing groups to outdoor experiences. Some of her favorite climbs include Mt. McKinley, the Swiss Alps – Matterhorn, Mt. Rainier and the Annapurna Range in Nepal. In 2013, she completed her twelve-year adventure to reach the highpoint of all 50 US states and is recognized as the first Kentuckian to achieve this goal.
Ann is a native Kentuckian and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. In 2014, she completed the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching certificate program. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science for Positive Organizational Development and Change at Case Western Reserve University (Graduation May 2017).
Jennifer Thomas, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Assurance Senior Manager
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.
Jennifer is a lifetime resident of Louisville, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and their young sons, Will and Nicholas. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her favorite activities include exercising, supporting her favorite sports teams, and making crafts.
Beth Davisson, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Jeff Nally, Nally Group
President & Executive Coach
He has 24 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, and leadership development. Jeff led the Executive Coaching Practice at Humana and created the Humana Women in Leadership group coaching program for the top 130 women executives in the company.
Jeff has been an executive leader in manufacturing and healthcare corporations. He held leadership positions at Commonwealth Aluminum, Commonwealth Industries, CLARCOR Air Filtration Products, and Humana. Jeff led not-for-profit organizations focused on population health and education attainment. He was the executive director of Community Health Trust in Louisville and The Citizens Committee on Education in Owensboro.
Jeff is a nationally-recognized speaker who applies neuroscience and coaching to help people interact with the brain in mind. He is a frequent speaker at The Executive Coaching Conference, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce programs, at corporate leadership events, and at business & human resource conferences across the US.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
He is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, a Results Professional Certified Coach through The Neuroleadership Group, and a certified StrengthsFinder Performance Coach through The Gallup Organization. He graduated with distinction with a Certificate in the Foundations of Neuroleadership from The Neuroleadership Institute.
Dr. Hope Zoeller, HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC
Founder & President
Amy Letke, Integrity HR
Founder & CEO
Amy Letke, SPHR, GPHR is a workforce visionary and Founder and CEO of Integrity HR (www.integrityhr.com), a human resources outsourcing and consulting firm located in Louisville, KY. She is an internationally renowned speaker, author and consultant earning a reputation for her dynamic, and impactful programs designed to inspire, improve and enlighten any workforce group!
As a speaker & entrepreneur, Amy provides solutions to companies in the areas of business start-up & continuity, HR management considerations, and effective means for building a thriving organization. She also helps employers manage employment law compliance, best practices for improved business performance, improving “people productivity”, leadership coaching, incentive and base compensation design as well as policy design and deployment.
Known to many as the “HR Doctor”, Amy Letke built her expertise primarily in professional service, manufacturing and software industries. She has held various leadership roles including VP of HR for a national software organization, she’s built a successful HR consulting practice with a national accounting and consulting firm as a Senior Manager, and also held executive positions in insurance agency leadership.
Amy has published three books, started & operated three successful businesses and is a certified human resources professional with 20 years of HR and entrepreneurial expertise. Her company, Integrity HR has been on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list twice, was named one of Inc. Magazine’s best places to work in 2016, and also ranked #2 in the small business category for Kentucky Best Places to Work in 2016.
Ann Toni Kereiakes, GE Appliances
Ann Toni received her B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University and her juris doctorate degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She began her career practicing law in her hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky with a focus on insurance defense and medical malpractice defense. In 1998, she continued her litigation practice with a large, regional law firm in Louisville, Ky. In 2007, Ann Toni took her litigation experience to the appliances division of the General Electic Company, where she has continued her law practice.
Ann Toni serves as the Coordinator for the legal department in the GE Appliances’ Annual Giving Campaign as well as supporting other charitable organizations through the company. Additionally. Ann Toni currently serves as a panel chairman of the Inquiry Commission of the Kentucky Bar Association.
Ann Toni lives in St. Matthews with her two dogs, Max and Marly.