Author & Thought Leader, "Step Back from the Baggage Claim"
Jason Barger is committed to engaging the minds and hearts of people. He delivers more than 50 speeches around the world annually and is a dynamic storyteller. His books have been celebrated by the NY Times and other global media and, as founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting LLC, he works as a collaborative partner with teams and organizations to develop compelling leaders, engaging cultures, and clarity of mission, vision, and values.
Prior to writing, speaking and consulting, Barger led more than 1,700 people to build 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty, and developed a program to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. In 2004, Barger received a Jefferson Award, a national award given to ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In 2014, Business First named him one of their 40 Under 40 Award Winners. Barger is passionate about developing 21st century leaders as cultural ambassadors for the teams and organizations they serve.
SVP & CHRO, Children's Health System of Texas
Kim Besse is SVP and CHRO for Children’s Health System of Texas. Her areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, benefits, compensation, learning and development, and employee relations.
Since joining in 2010, Besse has skillfully led the organization through the challenges of a rapidly changing workforce as Children’s Health has transitioned from an organization whose primary business focus was its two hospitals to a diverse healthcare system that includes hospitals, specialty care centers, primary care clinics, health insurance programs, technology-based solutions for healthcare and a population health division that serves as an incubator for innovative approaches to solving the health needs of the community. Besse is driving culture transformation through fast-track leadership and mentoring programs, innovative approaches to attracting and developing the best talent, and a refreshed compensation and benefits portfolio.
Before joining Children’s Health, Besse served as VP of HR for Belo Corp, one of the largest publicly traded broadcast companies. She also served as VP at Perot Systems Corporation, a global provider of technology-based business solutions and executive VP of people strategy at ClubCorp.
Besse earned a bachelor of arts in applied business administration from Dallas Baptist University.
VP, Human Resources, Trinity Industries, Inc.
Kathryn Collins is the vice president of human resources at Trinity Industries Inc. and provides leadership in the development of actionable strategies for the company’s human resources function.
Collins’ career spans human resources, corporate communications and industrial engineering in the manufacturing, software, high-tech and retail industries. She has experience working with leadership teams in North America, Europe and Asia.
Collins has a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA in industrial management from the University of Dallas, and an M.S. in organization development from the University of Texas at Dallas. Collins is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.
AVP, Human Resources & Diversity, BNSF Railway Company
Kim Cummings was promoted to assistant vice president of human resources and diversity in 2015 at BNSF Railway. Cummings has responsibility for BNSF Railway’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She also provides leadership to the HR matrix teams supporting law, compliance and audit services, and technology services. Prior to this role, Cummings was regional director of human resources at BNSF Railway where she led HR teams in Texas, Gulf, Chicago, Southwest, Kansas and California.
Cummings has spent more than 20 years in leadership roles encouraging and promoting employee engagement in companies that include Belo, Burger King Corporation, Dell and Target Corporation. She has received numerous community service awards, and is a leadership recipient of the HR Professional of the Year designation by Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 DiversityFIRST Award from the National Diversity Council. Cummings obtained her bachelor’s in social work from Texas State University, graduating from the university’s Emerging Leader Program and was inducted into Who’s Who Among College and University students. She received her master’s in human resource development and leadership from the University of Texas, has a senior professional designation in human resources and is certified employee relations professional.
SVP, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs, Oncor
Debbie Dennis is SVP of HR and corporate affairs for Oncor. In her current role, she has responsibility for all HR planning, policy, performance management, rewards strategies, sourcing, talent management, and employee and labor relations. She is also responsible for the strategic direction of Oncor’s community involvement and volunteer initiatives and their alignment with the company’s philanthropic and business goals. This includes serving as the executive sponsor of Oncor’s employee volunteer programs and directing Oncor’s signature volunteer program, Oncor Texas Trails. Dennis also serves as the loaned executive director for the Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative which is a public-private partnership with the City of Dallas with a vision to make Dallas kids the healthiest kids in the nation.
In her 37 years with the company, Dennis has worked in a number of corporate and customer service functions. She has management experience in human resources, customer service, supply chain, outsourcing management and corporate philanthropy.
Dennis graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. She is also a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Texas, Leadership Dallas and a member of the Dallas Assembly and International Women’s Forum.
EVP & CHRO, Exeter Finance Corp.
Martin Evans serves as CHRO at Exeter Finance Corp, a Blackstone-owned auto finance company. Evans is responsible for all areas of HR-related matters and ensuring Exeter has the talent, structures, and strategies to enable and support the business growth plans. Previously, Evans was CHRO for BDP International, a high-growth global logistics provider in 38 countries, tasked with building all areas of HR globally.
Prior to those roles, Evans served as VP of human resources at Kimberly Clark Corporation. Through several roles he was responsible for HR support to all C-suite functions, as well as all international operations in 80 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He has also held leadership roles in HR for Ernst and Young Consulting’s Latin American division and in operations at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
Evans has served on the board of directors for the State of Texas Special Olympics, and currently serves on the Board of the startup Superorg.com.
Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Tulane University and his executive MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
VP, Human Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources Company
Teresa Fairbrook was appointed vice president of human resources at Pioneer Natural Resources in 2013. Fairbrook joined Pioneer in 1999 as an HR generalist. During her time with Pioneer, she has held various HR positions as a generalist, compensation manager, HR director, compensation and employee relations director, and HR department director.
Pioneer is a large independent exploration and production company with an enterprise value of $24B and approximately 4,000 employees. Pioneer is considered a leader in developing oil-rich shale plays and was ranked as the third most active operator in the U.S.
Prior to Pioneer, Fairbrook was in the HR department for the Dal-Tile Corporation in Dallas, Texas. She worked in a variety of roles in employee relations, recruiting and benefits while at Dal-Tile.
Fairbrook is a certified compensation professional. She is currently active in E-27, is the past chairman of the E-27 committee and is also actively involved in other industry-related organizations. She led the creation of the Petro-Women’s Leadership Group through the company’s diversity and inclusion initiative and actively supports Pioneer’s family-friendly workplace culture. Fairbrook earned her bachelor of business administration degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in human resource management.
Former CEO, Great Place to Work Institute, Inc.
China Gorman has held strategic leadership roles in human capital management for more than 25 years. In 2015, Gorman joined Globoforce as a consultant and chair of Globoforce’s WorkHuman advisory board where she helps guide its strategic direction. Gorman is best known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, a global consultancy firm dedicated to improving society by helping companies create better workplaces. Prior to Great Place to Work, Gorman was chief operating officer and interim CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest professional association for human resource professionals with more than 275,000 members in more than 140 countries. Prior to joining SHRM in 2007, Gorman had tenures as president at two of the largest career transition consultancies: Lee Hecht Harrison, where she also served as chief operating officer, and DBM North America.
VP Corporate Human Resources, Alliance Data Card Services
Since 2012, Calvin Hilton has been the vice president of corporate human resources for Alliance Data Systems Corporation. He oversees the strategic direction and delivery of all corporate-run HR functions. Hilton’s responsibilities include the strategy, administration, and execution of all benefits, payroll and HRIS programs for more than 16,000 employees. He also is in charge of strategy planning surrounding acquisitions and planning for all retirement, health and welfare plans for the company.
Previously, Hilton was the VP of benefits and HR services, responsible for the strategy, administration and execution of all benefits and HRIS programs for the 9,000 U.S.-based employees of Alliance. This includes all strategy surrounding acquisitions and planning for all retirement and health and welfare plans for the company, including a combination of consumer-driven health plans and preferred provider networks. Hilton led a corporate HRIS team responsible for enterprise technology strategy and daily support of PeopleSoft applications.
From 1992—2005, Hilton was the managing director of benefits and pensions for Northwest Airlines Inc. He was responsible for the administration of all health and welfare, retirement planning, and pass travel programs for the airline.
Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR
SVP, Customer Value Realization, SAP SuccessFactors
Steven Hunt is senior vice president of customer value realization at SuccessFactors where he guides development and implementation of technology-enabled solutions to maximize workforce engagement and productivity.
Hunt has more than 20 years’ experience designing systems for a variety of human resource applications including performance management, staffing, employee development, culture change, workforce transformation and succession planning. A recognized expert on strategic human resources, Hunt has played a pivotal role in the implementation of systems that have improved productivity and engagement of millions of employees working for hundreds of companies ranging from small startup organizations to the largest employers in the world.
An active author and presenter, Hunt has written two widely respected books on HR process design and implementation: “Commonsense Talent Management: Using Strategic Human Resources to Increase Company Performance” and “Hiring Success: The Art and Science of Staffing Assessment and Employee Selection.”
VP, Talent, OD & HR Operations, GameStop Corporation
Lisa Keglovitz is the VP of global talent, diversity and payroll for GameStop. In this role, she is responsible for enterprise-level, multibrand talent strategy, including sourcing, development, retention, and intrabrand deployment. Prior to her current role, she served as VP of store operations. Keglovitz combines perspectives from both roles to ensure that GameStop’s family of brands has the exceptional and highly engaged talent it will need to fuel its continued rapid growth. Talent capability and engagement will become the principal competitive differentiators in the next decade, and her role focuses on ensuring that GameStop continues as an industry leader.
Prior to joining GameStop in 2011, Keglovitz served as the regional HR director for Home Depot. She was responsible for the diversity and inclusion council, along with women in leadership programs designed to create awareness, promote hiring initiatives that better served their customers, and to develop, promote, and retain diverse talent. Keglovitz held a variety of positions in HR and operations, which gives her a unique perspective of the business.
Keglovitz received a bachelor of science in accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas and a master of business administration from Texas A&M, Commerce.
VP Solution Design, NGA Human Resources
Marianne Langlois serves as global process executive for NGA Human Resources. Langlois is responsible for the defining HR process standards and services covering the employee HR life cycle that are delivered globally to NGA’s customers.
Langlois has more than 20 years’ experience leading successful transformations of businesses and has a proven track record of driving superior results for customers and shareholders. Prior to joining NGA, she held a variety of senior roles at Convergys Corporation, providing global outsourcing services, including global operations management, client implementations and service delivery management.
Prior to joining Convergys, Langlois worked as a director of program management and talent solutions for Haverstick Consulting Inc. There, she was responsible for the business strategy, financial management and service delivery quality for more than 300 consultants.
Previously, Langlois served as VP of client services and implementations for BISYS Inc., the former banking and thrift services division of ADP. She was part of the core startup team for the new company, taking them through their initial public offering and supported a 400 percent growth in revenue over a five year period. Langlois holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
SVP, CHRO, CEC Entertainment
Jean Lee is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for CEC Entertainment Inc., a nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment. The company and its franchisees operate a system of more than 575 Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 147 Peter Piper Pizza stores located in 47 states and 10 foreign countries and territories. Lee is responsible for executing effective people strategies to engage more than 19,000 employees in delighting the guest and supporting CEC’s continued growth.
Prior to joining CEC in 2014, Lee served as senior vice president of talent for Clean Harbors Inc.; senior vice president of human resources for Safety-Kleen Systems Inc.; vice president of human resources for Armstrong World Industries; vice president of human resources for Overhead Door Corporation; and held a variety of management positions for United Healthcare Corporation, United States Fidelity & Guaranty Corporation, and The Travelers Group.
Lee received her bachelor of science in psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned her master of science in organizational behavior from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. Lee is a lifetime certified senior professional in human resources.
Sr. Director, HR Analytics, Planning and Strategy, Health Care Service Corporation
Bob Lemke joined Health Care Service Corporation in 2012 as senior director for HR analytics, planning and strategy to develop the organization’s HR planning and workforce analytics capabilities. Lemke’s passionate about identifying and leveraging resources and applying business analytics to improve decisions, engagement, and HR effectiveness. Prior to HCSC, Lemke served as consulting principal and senior leader in total rewards and HR operations for domestic and global Fortune 1000 executive teams and their board committees. Lemke completed his master of science in industrial/organizational psychology at Illinois State University and graduate studies with the Securities Industry Association at the Wharton School of Business.
CEO, CEC Entertainment
Tom Leverton has been CEO of CEC Entertainment since 2014. The company has proudly served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment for nearly 40 years. Leverton is responsible for driving continued growth through a system of more than 590 Chuck E. Cheese's stores located in 47 states and 11 foreign countries and territories, and a system of 140 Peter Piper Pizza locations. Leverton’s passion for hospitality and great food is shared by more than 17,000 employees who are dedicated to ensuring “Every Guest Leaves Happy!” Prior to joining CEC Entertainment, Leverton was CEO of Topgolf, an emerging global leader in golf entertainment. Before Topgolf, He served as CEO of Omniflight, COO at TXU Energy, and held numerous executive roles at FedEx Office. Leverton also held roles at Johnson & Johnson and Bain & Company. Leverton holds an MBA from Dartmouth and a degree in mechanical engineering from Duke.
SVP, Human Resources, Greyhound
Rhonda MacAndrew serves as senior vice president of human resources for Greyhound Lines Inc., joining the company in 2007. MacAndrew is responsible for management of all human resources, labor relations, corporate communications and training activities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Prior to joining Greyhound, she was vice president of human resources for Lewisville, Texas-based Overhead Door Corporation, developing HR strategy and reorganizing the function to align with the overall company’s strategy. Prior to that position, MacAndrew served as vice president of human resources for Dallas-based Builders FirstSource.
She has more than 23 years of experience managing various HR functions, including union contract negotiations, employee development, compensation and benefits. MacAndrew earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Academic Director, SMU Cox School of Business
As the founding director of organizational effectiveness with Southern Methodist University, Jerry Magar brings 20 years of experience in individual and organizational consulting. In addition to his previous role with SMU, he is also a founding partner of People Systems Consulting Group where he works with such clients as: Shell Oil, Dell Computer, JPMorgan Chase, Southwest Airlines, Lucent Technologies, and many more large and small clients. His areas of experience fall in a wide range of categories including leadership development, strategic planning, interpersonal communications and change management.
He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for SMU’s Cox School of Business teaching organizational development and change in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Currently he serves as lead faculty for several leadership development programs with SMU Executive Education.
Magar holds certification and master certification designations for more than 25 programs and assessment instruments, and has certified hundreds of trainers across the U.S. and Canada. Combining an educational background in communication and organization development with his hands-on business experience in marketing, public relations and business development, Magar brings a sense of real-world application to his work.
Ollie Malone, Jr., Ph.D, SPHR
VP, Human Resources, DFW International Airport
Dr. Ollie Malone is VP of HR for DFW International Airport, where he oversees all aspects of HR functioning including hiring, staffing, development, compensation, benefits, employee relations and the airport's award-winning wellness programs.
Malone joined DFW after having founded and headed his own organization development consulting firm, Olive Tree Associates, which he managed for more than 20 years working with domestic and international clients throughout the world. He has also held executive positions with Goodwill Industries, Pennzoil-Quaker State, The Mead Corporation, Sprint, and AT&T. In these capacities, he has brought leadership to a variety of areas including finance, marketing and operations as well as human resources.
As a consultant, his clients included such organizations as Shell, American Express, Boeing, State Farm Insurance and the Howard Hughes Corporation. The author of four books focusing on leadership effectiveness, Malone has published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including leadership effectiveness, employee learning and development, and diversity management. Malone has taught at the university level in a number of programs including the country's first master's program in diversity management, held at Cleveland State University where Malone was co-director of the program.
Chief People Officer, Pizza Hut, U.S.
Amy Messersmith was appointed to the role of chief people officer for Pizza Hut U.S. in 2014. In addition to serving on the executive leadership team, she is focused on all aspects of talent development, organizational capability, culture and employee engagement, as well as providing overall strategic leadership for corporate and social responsibility.
Messersmith is a true culture champion and people grower with a passion for unlocking potential in others. In her tenure as CPO, she’s brought these passions to life by directly engaging restaurant associates in the development of Life Unboxed, an authentic and differentiated employee value proposition and culture principle. Rooted in the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to become their best, Messersmith also introduced the Life Unboxed EDU program.
Messersmith joined the Pizza Hut division of Yum! Brands in 2013. Prior to her appointment as CPO she led the corporate and field HR teams responsible for all aspects of HR across the 6,000 system restaurants, and was instrumental in raising the caliber of restaurant-level talent and in building people capability generally across the organization.
Prior to joining Yum! Brands she held various HR leadership roles within PepsiCo Inc., including the Frito-Lay and PepsiCo corporate divisions.
VP, Human Resources, Ben E. Keith Co.
Mike Rowell joined Ben E. Keith in 2013 as the vice president of human resources. He is currently responsible for all aspects of human resources at the company. Rowell has 25 years of human resource experience, both domestic and international.
Most recently, he was vice president of human resources for the global functions at Flowserve Corporation. Rowell held additional roles at Flowserve including global labor relations and divisional vice president of HR. Prior to Flowserve, Rowell was with Unisource Worldwide, Russell Corporation, BE&K, and Amoco Fabrics & Fibers. In these companies, he held increasing levels of HR responsibility, including compensation, benefits and HR systems.
Rowell holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama—Birmingham and a bachelor of science in industrial management from the University of Alabama.
President & CEO, Ericsson
Angel Ruiz is president and CEO of Ericsson’s North America region. Ruiz has worked in the telecom industry for more than 32 years and has been with Ericsson for 25 years.
Ruiz became head of the organization in North America in 2001. Ruiz joined Ericsson in 1990 and has held a variety of technical, sales and managerial positions within the company. He has worked abroad in managerial and customer support assignments in Mexico, Venezuela and Sweden. Before joining Ericsson, Ruiz held various positions with Sprint, AT&T and Bell Atlantic.
In 2010, Ruiz was awarded the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award from The University of Texas at Dallas for supporting and enabling activities such as research with UT Dallas faculty. In 2012, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Technology and Business Council named him CEO of the Year for his numerous contributions to the area and the telecommunications industry. In 2013, President Barack Obama named Ruiz as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
Ruiz holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in management science and information systems from Johns Hopkins University.
As a 34-year veteran in the logistics technology, third-party logistics and transportation industries, Tom Sanderson is CEO of Transplace. Transplace is a premier provider of transportation management, intermodal and truck brokerage services, and manages in excess of 12 million shipments and $6.5B of freight annually. With headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and 16 locations in North America, Transplace has grown organically and through the integration of five acquisitions in the last four years and is private equity invested by Greenbriar Equity.
Through the investment in and commitment to talent and human capital programs, Transplace has successfully achieved and continues to accomplish its business objectives. This is exemplified by the continuous improvement in employee engagement and retention and customer retention and satisfaction.
EVP & CHRO, Lennox International Inc.
Dan Sessa was appointed EVP and CHRO in 2007. Prior to joining Lennox International, he served in numerous human resources and legal leadership positions for United Technologies Corporation, including VP ofhuman resources for Otis Elevator Company — Americas; director of employee benefits and human resources systems for United Technologies; and director of human resources for Pratt & Whitney. Sessa began his professional career practicing law in New York and Connecticut, specializing in labor and employment law. He holds a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law and a B.A. in law and society from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
VP & CHRO, Denbury Resources Inc.
Whitney Shelley is vice president and chief human resources officer at Denbury Resources, one of the largest oil-focused independent oil companies in the U.S. In this role, she leads the team responsible for the strategic direction of the organization as it relates to their employees located around the country. During Shelley’s time with the organization, Denbury has been voted by their employees as one of the best places to work six years in a row.
Shelley has 20 years of experience holding various senior positions in human resources with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, organizational development, and building world-class HR organizations. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas by the National Diversity Council.
She is a certified Microsoft systems engineer, PDI executive coach and was recognized by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce as the Top Human Resources Professional of the Year. She is a board member for Sci-Tech Science Discovery Center and is a mentor for the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas. Shelley holds a bachelor of science from The University of North Texas where she graduated cum laude.
SVP, Talent Development Solutions Director, Lee Hecht Harrison
Kym Sosolik is the SVP and talent development solutions director for Lee Hecht Harrison. Her approach is based on years of service working in corporations, academia and family-owned businesses. Lee Hecht Harrison’s focus is to help organizations build and develop talent mobility strategies as a key element of successful business execution.
Previously, Sosolik was the president of Allure Talent Consulting. Other roles include vice president of human resources, training and development. While at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business Executive Education, she served as director of leadership and organizational development where she delivered high-quality, contemporary, customer-focused leadership development programs focused on leadership, human capital and organizational development within the business community. She served as the mentoring program manager for the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program to enhance leadership skills of women in the Middle East. Sosolik’s background also includes a 15-year track record in the pharmaceutical industry, where she served in a variety of roles including training, business development and sales management.
Sosolik received a master of arts in professional development from Dallas Baptist University and bachelor of science in medical technology from Midwestern State University.
SVP, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Sandi Stevens is an SVP at Challenger, Gray and Christmas and is responsible for the Southwest region. She brings extensive knowledge in all aspects of human resources, including mergers and acquisitions, HR strategy, organizational development, staffing, compensation, benefits, training, relocation, and labor relations. Stevens has an impressive leadership background, becoming the top HR officer at a $7B company at the age of 33. She has held top human resources executive positions in five companies in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail and manufacturing. Early in her career she gained valuable international experience in the energy industry and telecommunications. Stevens is known for her strategic ideas and ability as a true business partner to understand the requirements and deliver a solution. She has chaired the operations committee for several companies. Her dynamic leadership style and business approach are integral parts of a company where she was a senior officer that grew from $200M to $1B in three years. She is a frequent speaker and radio personality, where she speaks on many topics including servant leadership, strategic human resource issues and the keys to successful career transition.
Executive Vice President, O.C. Tanner Institute
David Sturt is the EVP of the O.C. Tanner Institute and author of the recent New York Times best-seller “Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love.” He has been interviewed and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Forbes, CBS Radio, Huffington Post and numerous other media organizations. He is a weekly contributor on Forbes.com and speaks at HR and leadership conferences across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Sturt has a degree in training and development and an MBA, and has two decades of experience in research, innovation and leadership. He was born in England, raised in South Africa, educated in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, and has a passion for doing things that make a difference.
EVP, Talent Solutions, Right Management
Jill Vershum is the EVP for talent solutions at Right Management North Texas. She serves as an executive coach and has responsibilities for business development and consulting. She is a professional certified coach and an integral master coach. Vershum has extensive coaching and consulting experience in numerous areas, including leader development, executive coaching, talent assessment and organizational effectiveness.
Vershum has more than 25 years’ experience in combined roles as a corporate leader and consultant. With 18 years in the healthcare industry, she served as a VP at Texas Health Resources, where she worked closely with executives, boards, leaders and medical staff in developing people, cultures and organizations. At Right Management, she has served as a partner in business development and consulting to help client companies develop effective strategies and solutions for talent management and organizational effectiveness.
She is member of and certified by International Coach Federation at the professional coach certification level. She has trained extensively in Ken Wilbur’s integral theory and received the highest level certification of integral master coach from Integral Coach Canada Inc. Vershum holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of Toledo and bachelor’s in education from Bowling Green State University.
Senior Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
Lisa Wargofchik is senior consultant and a national leadership team member in the Willis Towers Watson health and group benefits business, bringing more than 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy and custom care management programs to benefit her clients. Wargofchik has a great deal of expertise in assisting clients with creating their benefits strategy, designing wellness programs, clinical and care management programs, and creating engaging consumer education strategies.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, she was the director of benefits at a large retailer, where she and her team were responsible for designing and delivering the overall benefits strategy, including healthcare, paid time off and retirement benefits. She worked very closely with her partners in the industry including health plans, care management organizations and consultants to create a collaborative, unique and cost-effective strategy — one that continues to receive national attention. In addition, Wargofchik received the 2007 Chairman’s Award for her work in designing the new benefits package.
Wargofchik received a B.S. in computer science from Westminster College, a master of education from Slippery Rock University and an MBA in marketing from The University of Texas at Dallas.
EVP, Human Resources, Dean Foods Company
Kim Warmbier joined Dean Foods in 2012 as SVP of HR for Fresh Dairy Direct. She was promoted to her current position later in 2012 as EVP and CHRO.
Prior to Dean Foods, Warmbier served as the SVP of HR for JCPenney, where she led human resource professionals supporting more than 150,000 associates in supply chain, stores and corporate. Her experience also includes more than 20 years in the consumer packaged goods industry with Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, where she held progressive human resources roles including her last role as CPO of PepsiCo sales.
Warmbier serves on the employer advisory boards for both of her alma maters and serves as a board member and member of the finance and executive committees on the North Texas Food Bank board. Previously, she was a board member for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and served on the CEO Selection Committee.
Warmbier has her master’s degree in labor employment relations from the University of Illinois, and her bachelor’s in business from Illinois State University.
Dr. Ken Weiner
CEO & Founder, Eating Recovery Center
Ken Weiner, MD, is an esteemed eating disorder treatment expert and business leader. He has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to understanding eating disorders and delivering state-of-the-art, high-quality patient care. A career physician entrepreneur, Weiner has founded and led four eating disorder treatment centers. His vision for his most recent endeavor, Eating Recovery Center, was the creation of a fully vertically integrated healthcare system dedicated solely to the treatment of eating disorders. This concept disrupted what was being done in the field at the time, and has not been replicated to date.
Under Weiner’s leadership, the Eating Recovery Center has quickly emerged as a platform company in the behavioral healthcare space. What began as a single behavioral hospital in Denver in 2008 has evolved into a network of 25 treatment centers in seven states, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 50 percent per year over seven years. In 2016, the Eating Recovery Center’s national network of treatment centers is projected to treat upwards of 5,000 patients suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and related illnesses. Weiner lectures nationally and internationally on eating disorders and pyschopharmocology, and has co-authored several articles on related topics.