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    Alix Alvarado -  Alix Alvarado's expertise includes more than 20 years as a strategic human resources professional in private, public, and not-for profit businesses. She received a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, a MBA from the University of Houston, and the certification of Senior Human Resources Professional from HRCI.

    Randy Anderson - Randy Anderson is co-founder of E3 Professional Trainers.  E3 provides workplace and life training for individuals, teams, and organizations designed to increase employee engagement, productivity, and profitability.

    Before starting E3 in 2005, Randy spent 20 years in sales and sales management.  Most of that time was spent in media sales, which gave him the opportunity to work with virtually every type of business and in every industry.  It is from that experience that he draws the ideas and strategies to help his clients improve their performance in the workplace and to achieve their maximum potential in life.

    Randy was awarded the designation of Certified Speaking Professional in 2012.  This is the highest earned-designation given by the National Speakers Association, recognizing proven expertise in speaking eloquence, business enterprise, and professional ethics.

    Randy received his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University in 1990.  Since that time, he has participated in and completed numerous training courses including; Your Leadership Legacy (Ken Blanchard Co.), Changing the Picture (Ziglar Corp.), Ethics 101 (Cox Enterprises, Inc.), LifeNet Time Management Training (Life Net Inc.), Basic Selling Skills (AVI International), Top Selling (Ziglar Corp.), Professional Selling Skills (Learning International), System 21 Selling (Executive Decision Systems), and Fast Track Media Sales (Cox Media, Inc.).  His most valuable experience has come through more than 25 years of on-the-job, real world experience: 12 of which were spent managing others, and ten years running his own company.

    Billy Arcement - Billy Arcement, MEd, provides his audiences leadership solutions to improve performance. He brings his vast experience base and specialized knowledge to the platform to create content rich presentations and consultation sessions. Each year he speaks before business leaders, educators, school boards and associations throughout the United States. He provides powerful content laced with his unique touch of “Cajun Humor”––a winning combination with every audience.
    Billy is a past State President of the Louisiana School Boards Association; a 35 year member of the National Speakers Association and a founding member and past president of the New Orleans NSA chapter.

    He spent 27 years in senior corporate management positions in the chemical industry with oversight of quality, safety, environmental and global customer service activities.
    He has written over 300 articles on leadership, management, school board service and success strategies. He authored the books, Searching for Success, now internationally published, and Journeying on Holy Ground. Readers call these books a life manual for setting life’s priorities to create a successful life.

    Billy’s refreshing sincerity, great humor, knowledge, and genuine caring for people are his brand. He is known as the “Leaders Leader.”
    People who hear him speak say he has the unique ability to make the complex simple, to share thought-provoking ideas and to make time with his audience fun.

    Lance Breger - Lance Breger is an Executive Wellness Coach and the Founder of Infinity Wellness Partners, a comprehensive corporate wellness company that prepares professionals and companies for the most productive and healthy work life through four areas of onsite/online training: ergonomics, mind/body, nutrition and fitness.

    Lance teaches personal trainers around the country as a Master Instructor for the American Council on Exercise and was named the IDEA Health & Fitness Association Program Director of the Year.

    Kathleen Brenk - For more than 15 years, Kathleen has honed her HR skills in positions at Dish Network, The Home Depot, Baxter Healthcare and currently serves as CHRO at Recondo Technology, a breakthrough healthcare payer SassS company. As a highly effective coach and people leader, new managers and executives alike look to her because of her credibility, and powerful, yet approachable manner. Kathleen's experience ranges from acquisitions to complex compliance issues, senior executive coaching and developing both high potential individuals and cross-functional teams. She possesses a unique operational skill set that, together with a bit of humor, adds business-focused experience to extraordinary people practices.

    Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke - Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is the President and CEO of Living Well Press, LLC, a mental health, wellness, and safety consultancy and publishing company. Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brown University, and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, Peggy is a clinical psychologist and consultant with almost three decades of combined experience in mental health, higher education, publishing, and media. She began her professional career as a psychotherapist and has worked in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including community mental health centers, an employee assistance program, and a state psychiatric facility.

    Her experience in higher education includes 19 years as a psychology professor and administrator in both Virginia and Colorado, and she currently serves on Community College of Aurora's Behavioral Intervention Team.  The author of several books, Peggy appears weekly on Denver's 9News Ask the Experts.  Learn more at

    Kristie Evans - Kristie Evans is Founder and CEO/Managing Principal of HR Logistics and HRPMO, as well as a highly sought after management consultant, speaker and educator. Since its founding in 2003, HR Logistics has supported clients through over 120 projects ranging in scope and size. HR Logistics clients’ trust her to advocate for their best interest, provide full transparency and accountability, and drive results in all engagements. This partnership often means HRL is fortunate to work with a client across multiple projects.

    Launching HRPMO composed of HRPMO University, HRPMO Talent, and HRPMO as a Service is a natural evolution of her delivery model and her passion to increase HR’s value. By improving operational performance, aligning with business strategies, and increasing stakeholder and customer value using business intelligence, technology, and analytics, the Human Resources function becomes the strategic workforce partner the organization needs. In Kristie’s opinion, the next evolution of Human Capital Management is the movement to Human Capital Risk Management – the addition of risk management capabilities to the tools of Human Resources professionals.

    Don Everett - Don Everett ( is the founder and CEO of Workforce Interactive.  After earning a degree in computer sciences from the University of Florida, he enjoyed a 20+ year career in the technology sector with organizations like Oracle, and eventual subsidiaries of Dun & Bradstreet and SAP.  He formed his company with the intent of providing employers with unprecedented insight regarding the evaluation of values in the workplace.
    Don is certified in the formal science of Axiology, or more commonly referred to as Values Science.   He has gained his experience using one of the most state-of-the-art instruments in the realm of behavioral sciences, based on the work of Nobel Prize-nominated Dr. Robert Hartman and author Dr. Robert Smith.  His knowledge in this area is supported by patented technology that uniquely factors the thinking values of management teams.

    Don is uniquely qualified in the field of correlative analytics involving values and workforce operational data.  He has performed over seventy occupational studies in which organizational performance metrics were reconciled with corresponding employee values.  In that practice, his organization has tested an estimated 300,000 examinees spanning dozens of job descriptions in companies of all sizes across several industries.  His developments in this area of concentration have led to the design of patent-pending software that factors human value thinking patterns.

    Don is routinely requested as a featured speaker.  His content is delivered in several venues, ranging from keynote presentations to development workshops, and his educational, entertaining presentations engage thousands of attendees annually.

    Steve Hughes - Steve Hughes is the President of Hit Your Stride, LLC, a communications consultancy that helps people look and sound smart every time they speak. He’s the author of the forthcoming book "Captivate: Presentations That Engage and Win Over Today's Audiences" and his seminars have been featured on CBS, NPR, BBC Radio. He is also the proud creator of “National Face Your Fears Day" celebrated annually on the 2nd Tuesday in October. A former ad agency owner, today Steve works with Fortune 500 companies, national associations, and leading universities with 85% of his annual revenue coming from repeat clients. He holds a BA in French Literature and European History from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis where he won the prestigious Olin Cup. Steve travels out of St. Louis where he lives with his wife and their two well-behaved daughters.

    Craig S. Juengling - Craig Juengling brings over two decades of executive level leadership and experience to his profession as an Executive Coach. His experience is principally in health care administration as a hospital CEO or as a Division President supervising hospital chief executives.
    Running his first hospital at age 29, Craig’s responsibilities grew progressively during his years with a Fortune 5000 specialty hospital company; when he left 7 years later, he was responsible for a division of eleven hospitals located in seven states, with over 1500 employees. Later in his career, Craig built Maryland’s second largest specialty health care system by acquiring competitors and implementing aggressive internal growth strategies. 

    In 2009 Craig made the decision to leave health care and pursue a passion to become a professional and executive coach.  He is one of an elite group of Executive Coaches certified by the International Coach Federation. Less than 13,000 coaches worldwide are certified and only 1500 coaches have obtained the PCC designation in the United States, and even fewer bring his two decades of C-Level experience.
    He brings a unique focus to his coaching and readily translates the theoretical components of executive coaching into real time development opportunities for his clients. He regularly conducts leadership seminars on Becoming the Employer of Choice, Understand How to Use Your Strengths, Strategic Employee Development and Building High Performance Teams. Craig also serves on the faculty of LSU’s Flores MBA Program and is sought out as a keynote speaker for area business conferences.

    Jermy Broussard -  Jeremy Broussard is a writer, producer and consultant in Lafayette, Louisiana. Since 1996 Broussard has composed and produced projects for political, nonprofit, government and private sector clients. He builds on two decades of writing and communication experience in print, television, film and interactive marketing. His work has garnered four Tellys, four Addys and one Copywriter of the Year commendation. His historical documentary was featured in a dozen film festivals in Michigan, Maine, Boston, and New York and aired on The Documentary Channel for over a year. 

     Today he is a regular speaker on personal and corporate communication with organizations throughout the Gulf South. As a consulting member of The Pyramid Group, Jeremy serves as subject matter expert on communication, specializing in topics related to email efficiency, file management systems and intra-organizational communication. He's a regular guest speaker at conferences such as the Louisiana State Fire Chief's Convention, the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and leadership forums throughout the Gulf Coast.


    He serves on the board of directors at PAR Realty, a real estate firm founded by his family in 1993. Since 1997 he's guided the firm’s communications efforts to grow their reputation for providing over 20 years of sincere, personalized service. In the past four years he’s helped create programs that have grown the firm by more than 60%.


    Jeremy harbors a relentless passion for his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. He created the community pride campaign “Live. Love. Laf.” to support civic endeavors throughout the city. He served on the Downtown Lafayette Unlimited board and was a founding board member of the705, Lafayette’s young professionals organization.


    He lives with his wife and 1.5 children in a 60-year-old renovated bungalow within walking distance of Lafayette’s culturally rich downtown. His days are steeped in strong coffee, rich wine, dark cigars and deep conversation. In his off time he enjoys old motorcycles, fast sailboats and slow evenings with friends at The Blue Moon Saloon & Guest House.

    Cynthia Krosky - Cynthia Krosky, CSP, LCSW is President of Achieving Corporate Excellence, Inc., Professional Speaker, Author, Trainer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Educator, Adventure-based facilitator, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor for six years, and Critical Incident Debriefer (with special training in Corporate Crisis Debriefing, Domestic Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Her backgrounds enable her to understand how people communicate; the various dynamics that influence the way people hear and share information. She uses her expertise and educational understanding to help individuals and businesses resolve problems in order to increase performance and productivity. Cynthia is an approved HRCI provider

    Andrew Morton - Andrew Morton –Director, Social Engagement- SHRM
    In his role as the Director of Social Engagement for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Andrew Morton provides strategic leadership and direction for all of SHRM’s social media and influencer engagement efforts.   He also works closely with SHRM chapters and state councils across the country, providing them assistance and social media training.  Prior to joining SHRM in 2014, Andrew served as Account Manager for Purple Strategies, a leading communications firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.  In this capacity, he managed several Fortune 500 brand and advocacy campaigns.  Andrew is a retired Army Infantry-Officer who served in multiple leadership positions as well as overseas and combat tours including deployments to Iraq, Bosnia, Macedonia and Egypt.  During his twenty-one year Army career Andrew also served in multiple senior public affairs positions including Chief of Media Outreach for Multi-National Force-Iraq, Chief of Marketing and Adverting for the Army Reserve, and the Director of Digital and Social Media for the Army Reserve.

    Andrew received an MA degree in marketing and military studies from the University of Maryland and a BA degree in political science and English from James Madison University.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  Andrew is passionate about veteran’s issues to include programs and policies that support veteran employment as well as initiatives that support disabled veterans.  Most importantly, Andrew serves as “Dad” to his three wonderfully-exhaustive kids at their home headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

    Lisa Brown Morton - Lisa is the President and CEO of Nonprofit HR. Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country, including Amnesty International, Independent Sector and Neighbor Works America. With more than two decades of human resource management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Lisa and her firm have proven that better HR can play an integral role in nonprofit success.

    Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. She believes if an organization can strengthen its internal HR capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need. Lisa brings these beliefs to every engagement, and inspires nonprofit leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people.

    Lisa is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and serves on the board of directors of the DC Rape Crisis Center and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation.

    Lisa is an excellent speaker that has spoken all over the world on the subject of human resources.

    Dr. Bob Nelson - Dr. Bob Nelson is one of the world’s leading authorities on employee motivation, engagement and retention.  He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc. (, a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems and has served as an Executive Strategist on HR Issues for 80 percent of the Fortune 500.  Dr. Nelson has sold 4 million books on management and employee motivation, including 1501 Ways to Reward Employees (1.7 million copies sold), The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work, The Management Bible, Ubuntu! Inspiring Teamwork & Collaboration at Work and his most recent book, Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies. He has appeared extensively in the national media including CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Inc. magazines to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees. Dr. Nelson previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) for ten years and currently serves as an executive coach for Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1 ranked executive coach. He received an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and earned his PhD in management with Dr. Peter Drucker (The Father of Modern Management) at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches organizational behavior for the Rady School of Management at the University of California at San Diego.

    Chuck Roberts - Chuck Roberts has over 35 years of experience working in and consulting to businesses ranging from start-ups to over $76 billion in annual revenue.  He has served in roles that have included CEO, COO, and CFO, and has held positions with full responsibility for all human resources functions.  He is best known for his work as a change agent leading integrated strategic, tactical, and financial planning, new market, product, service, and geographic initiatives, company and business unit start-ups, turnarounds, reorganizations, acquisitions, and divestitures.  He is the developer of a novel scientific approach to communication that will be presented in an Innovation Showcase at the upcoming International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations being held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in April 2016, and that's described in his book titled "Seven Secrets to Superior Presentations."  Chuck has extensive experience presenting at international, national, regional, and local conferences and meetings of organizations that have included the Association for Business Communication, Legus International Network of Law Firms, American Council of Engineering Companies, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society for Marketing Professional Services, Legal Marketing Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated Builders and Contractors, National Association of Environmental Health & Safety Managers, and American Society of Safety Engineers, as well as a number of the Society for Human Resource Management's local chapters.  Chuck is a highly regarded trainer, coach, and consultant.

    Amy Robinson - Amy’s business experience spans more than two decades of direct experience in various leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and as a seasoned business owner and executive leadership coach and consultant. At the onset of her corporate career, Amy was selected as the youngest member of the senior management team in the banking industry. Her leadership development continued in high-ranking positions in oil and gas, healthcare, and finance and banking, providing a front-row experience in understanding the significance and complexities that organizations face in developing their leaders in the 21st century. Today, as a recognized global leadership coach in the business of developing people within the organizational structure, Amy is known as a communication and people strategist at the workplace. Sited for her strong communication skills, strategic planning, the ability to close the gap in her clients’ dilemmas, and her unrelenting position for authentic and passionate leadership, Amy is a truth-telling and transformational coach for results-oriented organizations and high-performing individuals and teams. She is a skilled group facilitator and inspirational presenter on employee professional development topics –communication and presentation skills, executive presence and leadership finesse, effective team building and a range of other business leadership skills and competencies. Founder and lead facilitator of the international professional women’s leadership development group coaching program called Aspire Higher, designed to cultivate female leaders of Fortune 500s, Amy is passionate about creating gender-partnered leadership cultures within organizations.

    Lisa Rueth - Lisa Rueth is the co-founder of Trinity Solutions, a consulting firm dedicated to Organizational Design & Development, Leadership Science and Wellness. With over 20 years of experience, Lisa left her role as an Executive in Telecom and Manufacturing 12 years ago to dedicate her career to helping organizations with the mechanics of human performance and systems of collaboration. Trinity Solutions specializes in helping HR professionals and leadership teams through culture engineering, leadership development, team building, change management, executive coaching and strategic planning. Lisa has a studied Applied Leadership and Organizational Psychology at the Ken Blanchard School of Business and did graduate work in Authentic Leadership at Naropa University.  She also holds many professional certifications such as Certified Customer Experience Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Kaizen Facilitator and Certified Workplace Wellness Coach.

    Yvette Montero Salvatico - Yvette Montero Salvatico is Principal and Managing Director at Kedge - a global strategic design, foresight, creativity and innovation consultancy. She is also a Founding Instructor at The Futures School  (TFS)– a 3-day, project-based foresight program. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida, Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with large, multi-national firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before joining Kedge in early 2012, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at the Walt Disney Company, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organization. With membership in organizations such as Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD), Association for Professional Futurists (APF), and World Futures Society (WFS), Yvette is an experienced and polished speaker, leadership coach and consultant, addressing large audiences and organizations on topics such as business policy, talent, work, diversity, career management, strategy, innovation, foresight, and futures thinking. Her work was most recently published in ATD’s TD at Work July 2015 edition, “The Futurist Leader.”

    Erin Thompson - Erin Thompson is the Manager of Corporate Education and Development at People’s Health in Metairie, LA.  In this role, she and her team are responsible for providing business and industry related educational programs and training to all Peoples Health employees.  This includes design, development, implementation, and evaluation of orientation, core curriculum, and other company-wide training initiatives. 

    Prior to joining Peoples Health, Erin worked at Ochsner Health System as a Senior Consultant in the Ochsner Leadership Institute. In this role, Erin was responsible for analyzing overall learning and development requirements, design, and delivery of leadership and organizational development activities.  She also developed and facilitated Professional Skills training, New Leader Orientation, and the Supervisor Leadership Program. Prior to joining Ochsner, Erin worked in Training and Development and Human Resources for the University of New Orleans, and as the Human Resources Coordinator for Hotard Coaches and Calco Travel.

    Erin graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. degree in Psychology.  She then went on to earn a M.A. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.  Erin holds her PHR certification and is a national member of SHRM and ATD.  She is currently serving as the 2016 President of NOLA SHRM.

    Donald Thriffiley -  Don Thriffiley is a principal in KAT Management Group, a management consulting company providing solutions in organizational effectiveness with bottom line results.
    Don has over 39 years of extensive experience in manufacturing, sales, finance, distribution and human resources most recently as the top Human Resources/Operations executive for Flowers Foods, Inc. the second largest baking company in North America.  He served as a key member of the executive team and three board committees in all areas of the business, most notably in acquisition analysis and integration, strategic planning, executive compensation and benefits, retirement, performance management, organizational design, succession planning, and employee/labor relations.
    As a certified executive coach Don has been working with senior leaders to develop measurable strategies to improve performance that have a positive impact on enhancing team productivity and the bottom line.  He received his coaching certification from Coach U and assessment certification from Hogan.  Don has a proven approach to successful coaching by providing the framework for executives to excel in their current position and prepare for future opportunities.  This approach provides a thorough assessment of the engagement to determine critical barriers to success to better capitalizing on business opportunities.

    Throughout his career Don has given presentations and has been on panels at various organizational meetings and conferences on leadership, talent management, human resources and acquisitions.  He is currently chairman of the board of AIB, an international food safety company.  He earned his BS degree in Business Administration at the University of New Orleans.