Pam Jeffords, Mercer
break through the inertia and drive progress with their gender diversity initiatives. She has been featured in numerous publications, including the
National Association of Corporate Directors, Fortune magazine and was a contributor to Mercer’s research When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive.
Pam has deep expertise in the following:
- Establishing a Global diversity and inclusion strategy
- Building impactful business resource groups
- Effectively managing leave and return to work programs
- Industry experience includes: Technology, Financial Services, Aerospace & Defense, Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Pharma
Pam is a member of the Global Leadership Council for Colorado State University’s College of Business, board member of Spawn Ideas, member of the NACD, Limited Partner in The
JumpFund, and has served as Chair of Women United for the Mile High United Way where she received the prestigious Frances Wisebart Jacobs award for philanthropy. Pam holds an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Pam lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and four children.
Pamela Jett, Jett Communications, Inc.
Leadership Communications Expert
Pamela Jett has had a life-long romance with words and their effect on teams, relationships, and success. As an internationally recognized communication skills expert, speaker and author, Pamela Jett helps professionals make relentlessly positive choices in every area of their lives and careers. Her clients experience enhanced employee engagement along with greater sales success and customer satisfaction. With energy, humor, and a dash of neuroscience, Pamela takes people beyond basic theory and strategy to an unparalleled level of application. She is the author of Communicate to Keep ‘Em along with several video and audio programs. She can be found at Relentlessly-Positive.com.
Jennifer Zinn, Roche Diagnostics
Senior Vice President, Physician Office Labs and Specialty Diagnostics
Jennifer has a long history in medical diagnostics, including her leadership responsibility at Roche. Prior to her current role, Jennifer was Senior Vice President, Point of Care, focusing her team on providing innovative solutions when and where they’re needed most. She was a principal architect of the new commercial strategy when Roche reshaped the POC business, providing strong leadership when her team brought the cobas® Liat® system to the POC market, an integral part of developing Diagnostics That Follow the Patient.
As Vice President, Strategic Affairs, Jennifer was responsible for development, execution and communication of the strategic direction of Roche Diagnostics in North America, including business and strategic planning, market research and competitive intelligence, corporate and marketing communications, customer engagement, digital marketing, and product launches to new segments and customers. Before that, she was Vice President for Commercial Education and Communications. She directed a transformation that fundamentally changed how the organization approaches learning and development for marketers, clinical
and technical support, sales representatives and customers.
She has led other critical projects, such as the integration of Tissue Diagnostics into Roche Diagnostics, the strategic marketing approach for the Centralized Diagnostics business, commercial IT strategy, and all communications activities, including the company-wide restructuring of the communications process to better serve marketers and our customers.
Jennifer is a member of the CEO’s leadership team, the North America Diagnostics Executive Committee, where she works directly with the CEO and other senior leaders to craft Roche’s unique value proposition to the marketplace. She led an initiative to develop an integrated brand identity strategy for Roche Diagnostics in North America.
Before joining Roche, Jennifer held leadership roles in the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics division of Johnson & Johnson. She also spent 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working in sales, sales management, marketing and training.
Jennifer holds several industry certifications and was president of the Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT). She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in opera performance.
Her focus continues to be on making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.
Masters of Ceremony
Dr. Ashley D. Anderson
Business Owner, Nurse Scientist, Athlete, Health Professional, Political Figure, Motivational Speaker
Dr. Ashley D. Anderson was raised in Louisville KY, and is co-owner of Athena Health and Wellness, a women’s health practice that is the first of its kind in Louisville. Beyond managing Athena, Ashley practices there as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. In 2018, Ashley joined forces with the local men’s boutique AFM Threads and launched their women’s clothing line. She is now co-owner and stylist at AFM Threads…For him. For her.
The extraordinary talents and achievements of Dr. Anderson are remarkable! She has held numerous titles including being a record holding Captain for Berea College’s Women’s Basketball team. She has been an International Runway Model, Actress, Radio Personality, 2013 Ms. Kentucky United States, Miss Black Ohio 2010, and Miss University of Louisville 2008. In 2014, she was a candidate for State Representative in the 32nd District, receiving 46% of the votes.
Dr. Anderson belongs to a host of professional organizations and has received numerous awards and recognitions. She travels to speak with groups about a variety of topics such as Fitness, Health & Wellness, Motivational topics, and many others. Her accolades include the 2016 Guy Stevenson Award Winner at the University of Louisville (the highest honor given to any doctoral student at the University) and 2014 Glamour Magazine Phenomenal Woman of the Year for Kentucky! In 2017, Dr. Anderson was elected President and Executive Director of the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization (Miss America system), a role in which she works to empower young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life.
Dr. Anderson received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Berea College. She re- ceived her Masters in Nursing-Women Health Nurse Practitioner as well as her PhD, from the University of Louisville. She is the wife of NCAA and NBA Champion, Derek L. Anderson, Sr.
Jeff Nally, PCC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Nally Group
President, Executive Coach, Coaching Supervisor, Professional Speaker, Author
He has 26 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, speaking, and leadership development. Jeff created and led the Executive Coaching Practice at Humana, Inc., where he coached senior leaders and established Humana’s Women in Leadership Group Coaching Program for the top 120 women at the health, insurance, and well-being company.
He led human resources at manufacturing companies, including Commonwealth Aluminum, Commonwealth Industries, and CLARCOR Air Filtration Products. Jeff was the executive director at two not-for-profit organizations including The Community Health Trust operating homeless shelters for people with HIV/AIDS and The Citizens Committee on Education increasing high school graduation rates and college enrollments.
Jeff is a co-author of Rethinking Human Resources, and [email protected] with other HR and coaching thought leaders. He is a guest writer in the book, Hope for Leaders Unabridged, a compilation of leadership strategies.
Jeff earned a BA in Psychology from Georgetown College and an MBA from Georgia State University.
He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, a. Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, and a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jeff volunteers on the boards of directors at Metro United Way, Spalding University’s School of Business, The Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, the International Coach Federation Ohio Valley Chapter, and the National Speakers Association of Kentucky. Jeff was named one of the top Twenty People to Know in Human Resources by Business First of Louisville.
Kim Graham Lee
CEO, IWL Foundation
Kim has over 30 years of diverse business experience including c-level leadership of start-up and growth companies and account management for some of the largest corporations in the world. Building upon a successful career at Walker, which is what brought her to Indiana, she led client service teams, global marketing and sales, and new measurement efforts tied to corporate social responsibility/
citizenship, corporate reputation, and business integrity. During that first chapter of her career, Kim identified her professional passion as helping grow other “good” businesses and is focused on doing that through a focus on people and culture and developing more effective leadership skills.
For over the past 15 years she has led emerging Indiana-based companies primarily in the technology sector. Her “tours of duty” include serving as the CEO of Vontoo, President of OneBridge, President of Hufford Financial Advisors, CMO of Bluelock, and Interim CEO of NPower Indiana. Most recently, Kim was handpicked to launch and grow trueU, a membership-based community of like-minded companies that are committed to growing their business by growing their people. In just over 3 years, trueU’s membership grew to nearly 60 companies and countless stories of personal and business impact have been shared.
In addition to her support of IWL as Interim CEO, she is helping a new company launch out of Phoenix, Futurity, also a “people-focused” business helping companies grow to their future by growing their current talent. She is also leading efforts to launch an Indiana Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, a “movement” focused on bringing together companies that recognize stakeholders, culture, and a purpose greater than profits is what will lead to sustainable success and the elevation of humanity.
Kim has been a key contributor to the growth of IWL. Her first involvement was as a panelist for the 2011 Indianapolis conference. She joined the IWL Foundation Board that same year and has served as program chair twice, emceed the annual conferences in both Indianapolis and Louisville, and has also led several board committees. She is excited to be serving as Interim CEO during this exciting time of transition.
Active in the community, Kim has served on several boards and has received several awards and recognition. She is particularly interested in helping children in poverty and mentoring other women in their careers. Kim has also been recognized for her groundbreaking leadership efforts to build an anti-bullying program at her children’s high school before bullying captured the national spotlight.
Kim is proudest of her role as mom to her two children–Brent, a CPA at Katz, Sapper & Miller, and Brittany, a Sales Operations Specialist, at Guidepoint, an IT security company. She is also crazy about her two grand-dogs, Penny and Pearl. Kim believes that life is an exciting adventure, even with its ups and downs, and that every day is truly a gift.
John Kurnick, KFC & Yum! Brands
Chief People Officer
John is a master of relationships and has a talent for driving employee engagement and culture. He is known for building strong teams, achieving great results, and driving engagement strategies that lead to high guest and employee satisfaction. Most recently, John and his team galvanized the brand by inspiring pride and excitement among restaurant teams for Re-Colonelization, which invited America to come back and “re-discover” KFC. Additionally, with his team of HR experts, the KFC HR Organization has revamped our in-restaurant training programs as well as our field training experiences and developed our People Promise and Brand Character to engage and inspire teams. KFC HR has received numerous external recognition awards through Brandon Hall, demonstrating the value of work this team has done.
Prior to joining the Yum! family, John held Human Resources leadership positions with AT&T (aka Cingular Wireless) and United Airlines and has been in the HR field for more than 30 years.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Madonna University in Michigan. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife Maria. They have three grown children, Austin, who recently graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, TX and is pursuing a career in real estate development, Brad, who is a junior at TCU pursuing a career in the automotive retail industry and mission services and Chase, a senior in high school who will begin his college career in the fall of 2018 pursuing Architecture and Art Design.
Ajoy Kodali, Humana
Senior Vice President, IT Administration
Prior to this role, he was responsible for technology products and services that support Humana’s Digital strategies (including Web, Mobile & Consumer Engagement), Analytics, Architecture and Communications. Ajoy’s career in healthcare, IT, analytics and leadership includes six years at Humana leading successful initiatives in the Enterprise Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence areas. He was also Senior Vice President at Magellan Health Services, and CIO for their Pharmacy segments. He is focused on the challenge of integrating technology, data, tools and outcomes across various channels for continuous improvement of a single consumer experience. Most recently, he was a recipient of CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch award.
Ajoy has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and Graduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Dustin Hall, Brown-Forman
New Products SWAT Manager, North America
Dustin passionately believes both personally and professionally that you must always start with WHY you do what you do. His WHY is to serve others by cultivating an environment where everyone wakes up inspired to do their best work, feels equal and valued while there, and goes home fulfilled at the end of each day. He believes this is a human right, not a right reserved for a few.
Dustin strives for excellence by leading a culture where humility drives relationships and decisions. He is known for building inclusive and diverse teams that ensure each new product launch has as many different insights and perspectives as possible. Most recently, Dustin was part of a team that launched Slane Irish Whiskey, Brown-Forman’s first-ever Irish Whiskey, with an investment of over $60MM in the distillery. With a clear WHY and strategy, the team launched this whiskey in July of 2017 and has already become one of the top-ten Irish Whiskeys.
Dustin is a steering committee member in two of Brown-Forman’s Employee Resource Groups. GROW (Growing Remarkable Outstanding Women) which works to create an inclusive workplace where gender parity exists at all levels of the organization; and SPLASH, which is Brown-Forman’s ERG committed to identifying African-American talent and enhancing the African-American experience at Brown-Forman.
Before joining Brown-Forman in 2008, he was in sales with Breakthru Beverage, one of Brown-Forman’s largest distributor partners.
Dustin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is blessed to have married his best friend in life, Caitlin. They reside in Prospect, KY where they are proud parents of Zoe (7) and Cruz (5). They have thoroughly enjoyed their first two years in KY and are excited to continue their journey together.
Latisha Schmitt, Humana
IT Inclusion & Diversity Leader
Her passion for working with people and teams allowed her to grow her career quickly as a leader where she lead the Corporate Web Systems Team and later, the IT Audit, Process, and Compliance Team at Humana. She has a passion for leadership development, emotional intelligence, and mentoring and enjoys facilitating sessions to help other’s achieve personal and professional growth. She also leads IT Culture and is a certified Senn Delaney Culture facilitator in her company, leading workshops across the enterprise. Latisha is engaged in leading initiatives inside and outside her organization; including the Women in Technology chapter of the Women’s Network Resource Group (WNRG) at Humana, servers as a Mentor in the WNRG, is on the Women Influencing Louisville Board, and is co-chair of the JCPS Business IT Partnership Council, and is the Communications and Web Development lead for her neighborhood association.
Latisha is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the Society for Diversity and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Computer Science from Western Kentucky University. She regularly coaches associates inside and outside her organization, and facilitates Emotional Intelligence, Influence and Collaboration sessions. During the winter months, she spends her weekends cheering on her 6 and 11 year old boys at their basketball games and in summer they enjoy baseball and family bike rides around the Louisville parks.
Bob Smith, Papa John’s International
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Prior to joining Papa John’s in 2003, Bob spent more than 20 years in restaurant operations with KFC in the Northeast Region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, specializing in Human Resources from the University of Baltimore and a Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Bob was awarded an Evanta 2014 Top 10 Breakaway Leader Award for senior HR executives, has been featured in Profile Magazine and was a member of Consero’s 2014 Chief HR Officer Forum. Bob and his family reside in Louisville, Kentucky where he serves as a Board Member for the Salvation Army, St John’s Center for Homeless Men, the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board and the Louisville Youth Training Center. Whether he is training for a marathon or volunteering his time, Bob knows that preparation and accountability are essential to his personal success.
Jennifer Hauber, Papa John’s International
Senior Director, Human Resources
Jennifer joined the company in October 2010 as a Sr. HR Business Partner, was promoted to Director in 2013 and to her current role as Senior Director in 2015. Prior to joining Papa John’s, Jennifer held various HR Management and Consulting positions with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare and New Age Technologies.
Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in sociology from the University of Louisville, a PHR Certification from the Society of Human Resources Management, was a Papa John’s Founder Club recipient in 2013 receiving the People Are Priority Always award and was also featured in Louisville Business First as 20 People to Know in Human Resources.
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Jennifer is very rooted in her family and friends. She participates in various events that give back to the community and enjoys spending time with her two children Noah and Hailey. When time allows, she volunteers in various school functions and sports activities.
Board Member and Planning Committee Co-Chair,
Inclusion & Diversity Program Manager, Humana
Demetria Miles-McDonald, Decide Diversity
Founder and CEO
Demetria’s powerful presentations and workshop make leaders think outside the box and consider solutions that move organizations forward. As a partner to many leaders around the country, Demetria works side by side with teams to increase diversity and improve inclusionary behavior in an effort to positively impact business results. Demetria’s unique perspective as an intersectional employee, leader, and researcher brings clarity, freshness, and focus to issues at work that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Mike Bensi, First Person
Early in his career, Mike witnessed firsthand how organizations struggled with the idea of building a strong culture. And without strong leaders, the strength of the culture and the success of the business would lag behind.
Fueled by his desire to create stronger relationships between managers and their employees, Mike’s leadership roles were focused on designing more people-centered experiences within the organizations he supported.
As an Advisor at FirstPerson, Mike educates leaders on the importance of culture and putting employees first and the role leaders play in accomplishing both. His former firefighter skills pay tribute to Mike’s common question, “How can I help you?” when strategizing with a company and its leaders to create a more people-centered experience.
Mike has nearly two decades of progressive management experience within the public and private sectors. And his broad experience working within small companies, global organizations, and even government has given him the platform to best understand the needs of clients and how to best serve them.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is a well-known speaker on engagement, HR, and leadership, and is the author of The Success of Failure. Mike serves his community as a YMCA Athenaeum advisory board member and supports other non-profits in the Indianapolis, IN area.
Strengths: Responsibility, Restorative, Command, Relator, Strategic
Dr. Sharon Kerrick, Bellarmine University
Dean, Rubel School of Business
Prior to joining U of L she was one of the founders of a technology firm for nearly 20 years that grew to employ over 300 full time staff and had offices in 5 states. She is also the founder of “VetStart” a
community program that has assisted/started businesses with over 72 military veteran owned companies since 2012. She was named Kentucky’s Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran’s Small Business Advocate of the Year based on this program. In 2017, she was named to Business First’s Hall of Fame and to the National Association of Women Business Owners Kentuckiana Hall of Fame. In 2018, she was elected as VP of Research for the national Small Business Institute (smallbusinessinstitute.biz)
She has served on many boards, currently she is the chair of the Better Business Bureau Board and secretary for the National Association for Women Business Owners Foundation) she also serves on Louisville Water Company Board (public company) and Junior Achievement Board. She has received numerous awards and recognition including Business First’s 40 Under 40, Greater Louisville Inc.’s Technologist of the Year, Women 4 Women Champions for Her, Junior Achievement Worldwide Leadership Award, National Association of Women Business owner’s finalist and the prestigious U of L Paul Weber Campus wide Teaching Excellence award , Faculty Favorite and many other teaching and service awards. She has advised and coached hundreds of business startups as well as been on the advising team for two MBA teams that both won the Global Ventures business plan competition one in 2011 and the other in 2015 (beating Northwestern, Rice, Johns Hopkins and the like)! Each team invited her to join them to ring the bell at NASDAQ both teams won over $500,000 each.
Seema Sheth, Northwestern Mutual
After graduating from business school, Seema and her husband Andreas moved back to Louisville. Seema began her financial planning practice and leads a team at Northwestern Mutual that provides clients with stellar service through a unique comprehensive financial planning process. Her mission is to provide financial security to her clients by listening, educating and empowering them to live by design, not by default.