Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley
Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director, Senior Client Advisor
For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.
Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”
She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Ms. Harris is co-chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee on University Resources, Harvard University. She has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a singer, and has released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011) , her second CD, a gospel album titled, “Joy Is Waiting”, was featured on BET Nightly News while her first CD entitled, “Carla’s First Christmas”, was a bestseller on Amazon.com in New York and in record stores, and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his “American Dream” segment. She is also the author of the newly released book, Strategies to Win and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).
Karen Hough, ImprovEdge
Founder & CEO
Melanie Creagan Dreher, PhD, RN
Chair, Trinity Health Board of Directors
Her distinguished career in research and academic leadership, producing several books, reports and articles quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education, she was a charter member of both the Nursing Research Institute at NIH and the NIH Council of Public Representatives. Her four decades of leadership in education include Deanships at the University of Miami, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Iowa and most recently Rush University College of Nursing where she is now Dean Emeritus.
Most recently, the emphasis of her career has shifted from education administration to healthcare governance. Dr. Dreher currently serves as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, a Director of Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, a trustee of Loyola University and as Chair of the Board of Trinity Health, the fourth largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S.
After serving as President of the International Nursing Honor Society, the largest nurses association in the world, she was honored by the establishment of the Melanie Dreher Dean’s Award given annually to a Dean who has most embraced the values of leadership and scholarship. She also is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Chicago Institute of Medicine, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Finally, in addition to being cited by the Ambassador to Jamaica for her humanitarian activities, the alumnae of the year at Long Island University, and a University of Massachuetts Chancellor’s medalist, she recently was named among the 40 smartest people in health care in the Becker’s Report.
But Dr. Dreher’s favorite accomplishment consists of the thousands of women she has taught and mentored in an academic career of forty years. It is this work that has generated the greatest meaning in her career and the greatest contribution to society .
Master of Ceremony
Natalie Guzman, Fifth Third Bank
Senior Vice President, Group Affiliate Marketing Director
When asked of the greatest accomplishment of her career, Natalie quickly references her involvement in making a $5 million gift to Eskenazi Hospital Foundation in Indianapolis for the construction of a new hospital. Fifth Third’s gift was the largest given by a financial institution in the state of Indiana by 5 times over. The gift also led Natalie to create a financial education program called Empower U for Eskenazi employees. Since the inception of Empower U, Fifth Third has rolled out the program to all of its markets and is now providing this financial education curriculum throughout its footprint.
Natalie is a committed community volunteer and currently serves as board secretary for Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation. She has also been a board member of Little Red Door Cancer Agency since 2011. Natalie is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership program and serves on its advisory council.
Natalie is committed to mentoring young professionals and is passionate about sending the elevator back down for those who are eager enough to take the ride up.
General Session Speakers
Monica Poindexter, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, North America
In Monica’s current role, she is accountable for developing a multi-year Diversity and Inclusion strategy in partnership with Roche Diagnostics CEO and the (newly launched) North American Diversity & Inclusion Executive Committee. Monica will also consult across the organization to embed D&I next practices in key business, talent management and workplace strategies and leadership behaviors.
Monica is a current member of the Roche Diagnostics Women in Leadership Advisory Board and the Indiana Business Leadership Network. Prior to her Indiana relocation, she served on the UC Berkeley SAGE Scholars Program Leadership Advisory Council from 2002-2014 and served as Chair of the Technology Committee for Xi Gamma Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from 2012 -2014. She’s a past member of the Skyline Community College President’s Council and the State of California Workforce Investment Board and Life Long Learning Committees.
Monica earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis and earned her master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Monica is also an INROADS, Alumna.
Peggy Stockdale, IUPUI
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Mark Levett, CEO, Cummins Foundation
Vice President, Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility, Cummins, Inc.
Levett began his career at Cummins in 1973, working in various roles in the Company’s finance, engineering, service, OEM sales and product management functions. He went on to hold several key leadership positions including General Manager – South Pacific, Vice President – Industrial Business, Vice President – North American Field & Distribution, Vice President – Worldwide Industrial Business, Vice President – Asia-Pacific, Vice President – International and most recently, Vice President and General Manager – High Horsepower Engine Business. As leader of the High Horsepower business, Mark oversaw global revenue growth of nearly 600 percent, leading the division to become one of the most profitable parts of the Company.
Outside of Cummins, Levett is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hanover College and a member of the Executive Committee of the Community Education Coalition in Columbus, Ind. He also serves on the boards of directors for Cummins MidSouth, Cummins Rocky Mountain and the Heritage Fund.
Levett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
Along with her husband, Carmen Wilson, and their daughter Jordan, Freeman-Wilson resides in her native city of Gary, Indiana. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Gary’s storied Roosevelt High School and went on to graduate from Harvard College (cum laude) and from Harvard Law School.
Despite her breadth of travel and influence throughout the United States, Freeman-Wilson’s loyalty and commitment to her home city has never wavered. Indeed, her passion for Gary, coupled with her experience and training, have positioned her for leadership and prepared her to tackle the major challenges facing the city. She is the immediate past CEO of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Executive Director of The National Drug Court Institute based in Washington, D.C. With Freeman-Wilson at the helm, the number of drug courts in the U.S. doubled to 1700 and NADCP became the premier organizational advocate for drug treatment in the judicial arena. Freeman-Wilson has consulted with the Office of White House Drug Control Policy, the Department of Justice and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the creation and implementation of drug policy. As the twice-elected Gary City Judge, she helped pioneer the drug court movement in Indiana.
Freeman-Wilson has also demonstrated public service and leadership in state government. During her tenure as Indiana Attorney General, Freeman-Wilson fought passionately on behalf of youth, seniors and abused nursing home patients. She was one of the first Attorneys General in the country to combat gas price gouging and to ensure that tobacco settlement dollars were directed towards smoking cessation and health care. While she was the Executive Director of The Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana was one of the first states to pass legislation comparable to the American with Disabilities Act.
Her capabilities, intellect and stellar record of success have not gone unnoticed by national party leaders. In 2000, she was named as one of the top 100 to watch by the National Democratic Leadership Council. That was followed with the honor of being asked to address the 2000 National Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. Her contributions have also been acknowledged by U.S. Drug Czars, Indiana Governors and Supreme Court Justices throughout the United States.
In January 2015, Freeman-Wilson was appointed chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control. As chair of the committee, Freeman-Wilson will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the Administration and at home. Freeman-Wilson also chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors – Mayors/Police Chiefs Working Group on Police Community Relations.
When asked about her commitment to her hometown, Freeman-Wilson often acknowledges that Gary has a history of many obstacles, but quickly notes that the city’s challenges pale in comparison to its potential. “Our city is a diamond in the rough and we simply need the right leadership.”
Steven Jones, Indiana University Health
Vice President, Adult AHC Hospital, Human Resources
Prior to this role, he served as HR Director for The Healthcare Group for 12 years.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he attended Arsenal Technical High School and Wabash College majoring in Economics with a concentration in African American Studies. His community activities have included serving on the Board of Directors for Indiana Black Expo; Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Center for Leadership Development and Co-Chair of the Circle City Classic Parade for 18 years. He is currently in his 10th year as Board Chair of the Financial Health Federal Credit Union. He is a Sagamore of the Wabash and graduate of the prestigious Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership and Hoosier Fellows Programs.
Gerry Dick, Grow Indiana Media Ventures, LLC
President & Managing Editor
Creator & Host, Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
Today, more people get their Indiana business news from Inside INdiana Business than from any other source. You can now watch his television show on 15 Indiana network and public stations, listen to daily radio reports on 27 statewide stations or get your news on-demand from a collection of email, web and mobile business news products.
Gerry is recognized across the state as an Indiana business leader and a respected business journalist. He has twice been awarded the state’s top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, most recently from Governor Mitch Daniels. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has also received an EMMY multiple times for best interview/discussion program/series or special.
He is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to Indiana business and the state’s economy and also serves as a business news analyst for WTHR-TV (NBC) and 93 WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.
Tracy Edmonds, Anthem, Inc.
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Having served in various leadership roles within the business, Tracy redirected her career to human resources eventually serving as Staff Vice President of Human Resources leading a team of more than 30 Human Resources professionals supporting over 15,000 associates in operations, IT and the chief administrative office organization. And, at a time when the company is embarking on historic changes to the health care industry, Tracy has led several complex organizational restructures aimed at ensuring the company is effectively positioned to meet the needs of its consumers. As partner to the business, Tracy has driven and executed talent succession plans resulting in the movement of high potential talent into critical leadership roles across the enterprise. Her leadership in diversity drove expansion of Anthem’s associate resource group membership by 53% in one year.
Committed to personal growth and development, Tracy serves as both a formal and informal mentor for several associates across the organization, believing it’s her responsibility to pay forward the support she received during her career.
Tracy has been featured Working Mother Magazine on Best Companies for Multicultural Women and she is a 2011 National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI) Eagle Award recipient.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Tracy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds an MBA from Xavier University. Currently living in Indianapolis, she spends her free time doing boot camps and spending time with her husband Anthony, and their three children, Devan, Adrian, and Alynne.
Dr. Kathleen Lee, Chancellor
Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana
Dr. Lee earned her Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Indiana University School of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Secondary Education from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. She later went on to earn her Master of Science in Adult Education from Indiana University and her Doctorate in Education from Ball State University.
Dr. Lee is very active in the community and serves on the Executive Board of the Indy Chamber, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Board of Directors for INHP and EmployIndy. She also serves on the IndyVRC Board of Directors, IU Members Credit Union Supervisory Committee, and the advisory board at Second Helpings in Indianapolis. She is also involved in Kiwanis International–Indianapolis Chapter, Second Presbyterian Church, and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association.
Breakout Session Speakers
Jennifer Wolfgram, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, Commercial Education
Jenny joined Roche Diagnostics in 1998 and since that time has held various leadership positions across several business units and products. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, ensuring the highest standards of compliance and quality were delivered at our Indianapolis headquarters and throughout North America.
Prior to joining Roche, Jenny worked in the hospital laboratory setting in roles ranging from research to clinical at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. There, she was a sought-after resource within the microbiology, virology and molecular laboratories.
An advocate for gender diversity in the workplace, Jenny serves on the advisory board for the Roche’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and is the executive sponsor for the WLI Mentoring Program. She also serves on the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC) Board of Directors.
Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and is an American Society for Clinical Pathology board-certified medical technologist.
A global leader in healthcare with combined strengths in diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Roche is focused on helping patients live longer, healthier lives. The company has about 80,000 employees worldwide and is leading the way in developing tests and customized treatments that enable personalized healthcare solutions, tailored to the needs of unique groups of patients.
Melissa Greenwell, Finish Line, Inc.
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Melissa is also a certified executive coach who helps men and women understand how they can leverage natural strengths and identify and affect behavioral changes that will help them succeed as senior leaders.
Melissa was a recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2013 Women of Influence Award and recognized as the 2012 Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Melissa has served on various community not-for-profit boards and currently serves as President of The Finish Line Youth Foundation, as a director and past Chair of Special Olympics Indiana, as a director of the Indianapolis 500 Festival and as a national board member for Women’s Mentoring Network.
Cara Silletto, Crescendo Strategies, LLC
Founder & President
Mary Beth Oakes, Founder & CEO, Choreo
President, Business Furniture
With nearly 20 years of experience in the change management consulting and office furniture industries, Mary Beth founded Choreo to help clients leverage the workplace as a strategic tool. Choreo helps organizations to maximize worker and workplace potential, while minimizing the disruption of major moves. Dedicated to the philosophy that space shapes attitudes, behaviors and business results, Choreo works to create innovative workspaces that reflect the way companies work today.
With a focus on productivity and engagement, Mary Beth has developed transformational implementation strategies for clients such as Lilly, Imclone, Rolls-Royce, Cummins, Roche Diagnostics, One America, Eskenazi Health and Wellpoint. Choreo is a Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
In 2010, Mary Beth received a scholarship from Lilly to attend the Tuck School of Business Executive Minority Business Program at Dartmouth University. Mary Beth serves on the boards of NAWBO-Indianapolis, Indy Reads and the Indianapolis Zoo, and also as a member of the Grants Committee of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.
As a member of NAWBO-Indianapolis, Mary Beth serves on the Corporate Partners Committee, the Visionary Awards Luncheon and the YEA Sponsorship Committee.
Mary Beth resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Dick, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She enjoys Pilates, yoga, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, movies and travel.
Dr. Elcira Villarreal, Mentoring Women’s Network
Sheri Fella, Butler University
Executive Director, Butler Corporate & Executive Education
Her experience and education make her just at ease helping clients work through start-ups, growth phases, large corporate shifts, non-profit challenges or major life transitions. Sheri thrives for the right balance of being and doing. Being genuine is her hallmark state. She thrives in global experiences, and is all about humor, heart, and giving back in big and small ways. Sharing the journey with her clients is what fuels her passion.
Eric Anderson, Scientifically Speaking
President and National Training Director
Eric worked for Apple Inc. as the Business Manager for Central Indiana. His multi-million dollar business unit increased revenue by 300% in two years. His team constructed desktop and mobile technology solutions for the Indianapolis business community – from sole proprietorships to Fortune 100 corporations.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Science in the same discipline from Auburn University. He has also served as an adjunct professor for Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, College of Engineering and Technology.
Among his other pursuits, Eric is a triathlete, marathon runner and avid reader. He is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He is also an active member of his church where he currently teaches Sunday school classes to elementary school children and leads the men’s ministry.
Jennifer Zinn, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Vice President, Strategic Affairs
Jennifer Zinn is 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. Jen has led 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.
Jen 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, which then served as a model for other Roche divisions.
Prior to her current role, Jen 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.
Before joining Roche, Jen 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.
Jen 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. Jen serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
Her focus continues to be on making a difference.
Nikki Gray Shoultz, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Partner, Utility Group
Ms. Shoultz has assisted industrial and commercial customers, landowners, developers, municipalities and utilities with energy issues, power supply agreements, easements, zoning and service territory disputes, water and sewer capacity issues, contract disputes, main extension agreements, Conservancy District Act, annexation, and real estate transactions. She has appeared in state and federal court and lobbied before the Indiana General Assembly on a number of utility related issues. Ms. Shoultz served as counsel for the City of Indianapolis in its contested acquisition of the Indianapolis Water Company before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Ms. Shoultz has worked with various wind and solar farm developers and landowners in negotiating contracts for the siting of wind turbines and solar projects, and has served as Indiana counsel in wind and solar project financing matters. Ms. Shoultz understands how to efficiently navigate the complexities of renewable energy project development including permitting, zoning, landowner easement, municipal ordinance drafting, taxation, and environmental compliance issues. Ms. Shoultz also counsels clients on state and federal issues such as production tax credits, access to the transmission grid and renewable portfolio standards.
Ms. Shoultz also serves as Indiana counsel for several national telecommunications carriers and has extensive experience litigating complex telecommunications issues including carrier-to-carrier and competition related disputes, state and federal universal service fund obligations, slamming, Federal Communications Commission issues and matters affecting the payphone industry. Ms. Shoultz counsels clients on e-commerce matters including privacy issues; domain name purchasing, licensing, registration & disputes; website hosting, maintenance, content & security; search engine positioning; and internet commerce technology issues.
Jamyce Curtis Banks, WIT Consulting, LLC
President & CEO
She is certified to provide support in the development of culturally responsive environments, as a facilitator for Cultural Intelligence (CQ) through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to adapt in various ethnic, national and organizational cultures,
which is measured by the Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS). Trained facilitators interpret assessment results and provide professional development, training and coaching toward the development of cultural responsiveness. Additionally she holds training certification in Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH).
Mrs. Banks established Whatever It Takes, Inc. to provide customized learning support to organizations including board training, leadership coaching, collaborative team development, organizational performance evaluation and support for the development of culturally responsive work environments that includes assessment, plan development, implementation, coaching and monitoring.
She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education with a specialty in mathematics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, a Master’s of Science in Secondary School Administration from Butler University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University where the focus of her dissertation is the impact of leader cultural intelligence on organizational culture.
Mrs. Banks has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishment as the recipient of awards including the Independent Colleges Realizing the Dream Award and the Human Rights Award for Outstanding Leadership, as well as by the Center for Leadership Development and the YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement. She serves and leads in a number of professional organizations including membership in the National Black MBA Association, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Options Charter Schools and local, regional and national positions in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jennifer Oliver Mackin, The Oliver Group
President & CEO
The Oliver Group has an experienced team of consultants advising more than 300 businesses nationwide. The Oliver Group’s client impact has grown tremendously over the last 27 years, assisting private equity investors, CEOs, entrepreneurs and other senior leaders in healthcare, hospitality, distribution, government, manufacturing, higher education, banking, financial services and social services.
Jennifer is a leadership thought leader and speaks to various audiences about developing future leadership talent and preparing organizations for future change. She has consulted with companies in this arena since 1994. Her current leadership role requires strategic direction of The Oliver Group while supporting her management team and also consulting directly with select clients. Growth and change have been substantial for The Oliver Group with double-digit average growth for more than eight consecutive years. Jennifer is currently a board member and executive committee member of Greater Louisville, Inc., the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the boards of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP and the University of Louisville Family Business Center.
Jennifer earned her B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University in Bloomington and her M.B.A. from Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She and her husband have three sons and live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Bruce Pulver, MedAssets
Regional Vice President, Revenue Cycle Technology, Sales
Bruce’s new book “Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter” is a message of inspiration and motivation based on his personal realization that the words we choose and how we use them determine our perspective, our intent our efforts, and ultimately our outcomes.
His writing journey began accidentally at best. One morning, while faced with a difficult professional transition, he wrote a single word of self-motivation STRONG. With each letter of the word, he defined the actions that would manifest the behavior and drive his actions. STRONG became Stand Tall Remain Optimistic, Now Go (for it).
This single morning sparked a daily routine which continued 400 consecutive mornings. The process gave Bruce motivation to focus and take on each day with purpose and determination.
“Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter” is written to teach and share the power of words and the impact of how they are used.
The Father of two teenage daughters, Bruce and his wife Brigette have shared these concepts with his girls and seen them manifest in lessons for life at any age and in any endeavor.
Amy Happ, Advantexe Learning Solutions
Senior Vice President and Performance Consultant
Bringing 20 years of training and development and computer simulation design and delivery, Amy has authored over 50 computer-based simulations and application tools and worked with clients from just about every industry and every level – from new hires through executives. Specific content areas where Ms. Happ has worked and done extensive research include consultative selling skills, leadership, and project management.
Amy is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Spanish and International Business.
Ondrea McAulay, Progression Partners, LLC
Senior Partner, Principal
Executive Coach, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc.
For six years, Ondrea was the Director of Talent and Performance Management for First Merchants Bank with over 1450 employees working in offices and banking centers spanning Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. She was the strategic leader of a six-member Learning, Development and Performance team (LD&P).
Ondrea was responsible for creating and delivering leadership development for over 300 employees using content from The Leadership Challenge and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
Additional professional accomplishments included:
• Designed and performed the responsibilities of executive coach to identified high potential and executive leaders through an internal coaching practice. Coached leaders across multiple lines of business and organizational levels.
• Created and facilitated talent calibration sessions for high potential/high performing employee identification across the organization.
• Designed and directed the Management Development Program for college graduates entering the bank as trainees who rotated through multiple departments to learn the business. Selected company leaders as trainee mentors.
• Facilitated organizational core and role-based competency identification with executives and business unit leaders • Implemented a corporate learning management system (LMS) and branded with a name and logo (MyLO).
• Oversaw the LD&P team’s performance contributions to First Merchants overall corporate success.
Her career has provided experience in several different industries including: Illinois Power (an electric and natural gas utility), Alltel (landline and cellular telephone service provider), Fairfield Communities (resort developer and timeshare sales), RCI (global timeshare exchange), and Jarden Home Brands (consumer packaged goods manufacturer).
Ondrea is a Butler University graduate and certified facilitator for training curriculums from Development Dimensions International (IM:ExL and IM:ExP), AchieveGlobal (Frontline Leadership and Stellar Service) and FranklinCovey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Writing Advantage). She is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Center
for Coaching Certification and has also received the Human Performance Improvement (HPI) certificate through the Association for Talent Development (formally ASTD).
Dr. Allison Barber, WGU Indiana
An Indiana native, Allison’s portfolio includes more than 25 years of experience in education and public service. Prior to her position at WGU Indiana, Allison was the president of her own strategic communications firm in the Washington, D.C. area. She was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching in the master’s program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications.
Allison spent more than seven years at the Department of Defense. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications and Public Liaison. In this position, she was responsible for the Department’s worldwide communications to the men and women of the military, and for community relations programs that linked citizens to members of the Armed Forces at home and abroad. Allison worked to establish the Pentagon Channel, created the New Media division for the Pentagon, and provided oversight to the Defense Media Center, Armed Forces Radio and Television, and Stars and Stripes newspaper. She was also responsible for national programs that protect and enhance the morale of the military members and their families.
Allison worked at the White House during the early stages of the war in Afghanistan and again during the buildup phase of the war in Iraq. She helped create the Office of Global Communications, which provided a coordinated communication effort for the Administration.
In her work in the public and private sectors, Allison has initiated strategic corporate partnerships, launched national campaigns, created new media platforms, and engaged in international programs.
Earlier experience: Allison was President of the Washington D.C. office of PlowShare, a Connecticut-based advertising agency. Before that, she was Public Relations Director for the American Red Cross. Allison began her career as a grade school teacher at Merrillville Public School in Indiana and served as Vice President of the Teachers Association.
Allison serves on the TechPoint and Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation boards. She also volunteers the Elizabeth Dole Military Caregivers Foundation, Operation Homefront and other civic causes.
Education: Allison holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Tennessee Temple University.