Chief People Officer, Brinker International, Inc.
Rick Badgley is SVP and chief people officer for Brinker International, Inc., where he oversees the team member experience for Brinker and its brands. He leads team member relations, executive and organizational development, succession planning, diversity, compensation and benefits.
Previously, Badgley served as VP of talent management and retail for TOMS. There, he was responsible for leading all aspects of talent globally, which ranged from recruiting and selection to talent and succession planning and employee experience. In addition, Badgley led TOMS’ brick and mortar strategy, which included the construction, design, experience and operations of new stores globally. Previously, he served as VP of global staffing and learning for Starbucks Corporation and SVP of selection and staffing for Wyndam Worldwide.
Badgley holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management and a master’s degree in hospitality administration from Johnson and Wales University.
President & CEO, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Frederick Cerise was named president and CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System in 2014.
Previously, he served as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was VP for health affairs and medical education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004 to 2007, Cerise was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, where he advanced from the role of assistant program director and clinical faculty member to medical director and ultimately served as CEO.
Cerise is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the uninsured and has served on the Louisiana federal healthcare reform steering committee and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, among others.
Cerise holds a bachelor of science degree from University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama and earned a master of public health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health.
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.
VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, 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 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.
Sr. Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, YUM! Brands, Inc.
James Fripp, senior director of global diversity and inclusion for Yum! Brands, Inc., is responsible for leading Yum! Brands’ diversity and inclusion strategies for community relations, corporate culture, workforce, minority and women's business development and the multicultural marketplace. He works with the company’s businesses around the globe to leverage diversity initiatives in order to strengthen the recruitment and retention of top talent and expand franchise and supplier opportunities.
Prior to assuming his current role in early 2011, Fripp led the domestic Taco Bell field human resources function. He also possesses 15 years’ experience in restaurant operations.
Fripp is vice-chair of the Conference Boards Council of global diversity and inclusion executives, chair of the PeopleReport advisory board and member of the Board for the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, as well as a member of the WFF Global diversity and inclusion committee.
Fripp holds a bachelor’s of science in business management.
SVP, Human Resources, CBRE, Inc.
Joe Hudson is SVP, HR for the Americas region, the largest of the company’s three global regions, with more than 35,000 employees.
Previously, Hudson served as VP of HR, serving approximately 7,500 employees in CBRE’s U.S. Advisory and Shared Services groups. He joined CBRE in 2006 and has served in management positions with increasing responsibility, including directing HR operations in the eastern division and serving as VP, HR, for the employees in CBRE’s brokerage, capital markets, valuation and shared services divisions. Prior to joining CBRE, Hudson held human resources leadership positions in major law and accounting firms.
Hudson graduated with a bachelor of arts in HR and finance from Adelphi University.
Executive Chairman, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Ray L. Hunt is executive chair of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., which he has been associated with since 1958, when he joined as a summer employee in the oil fields. He also serves on the boards of Bessemer Securities Corporation and King Ranch, Inc.
From 2001 to 2009, Hunt was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. In 1998, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and served as board chair from 2002 to 2006.
Additionally, Hunt is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory organization to the Secretary of Energy in Washington, D.C., serving as its chair from 1991 to 1994.
Active in civic affairs, Hunt has previously served as chair of the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University, chair of the Dallas Citizens Council, and chair of the Central Dallas Association.
Hunt graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in economics.
Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D., SPHR
SVP, Customer Value Realization, SAP SuccessFactors
Steven Hunt is senior vice president of human capital management research at SuccessFactors where he guides development and implementation of technology-enabled solutions to maximize workforce engagement and productivity. Dr. 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, he 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, Dr. 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.”
EVP HR, Remington Hotels
Michael Karicher is the EVP of human resources at Remington Hotels, joining the company in 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in human resources, accounting and finance in the financial services, telecommunications and healthcare industries.
Previously, Karicher worked as SVP and CHRO at Golden Living. Prior to that, he served as director of compensation and benefits for Strong Financial of Wisconsin, and before that he worked at Verizon as an internal auditor, eventually moving into the role of manager of executive compensation and benefits. Karicher began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in New York City and subsequently was a senior auditor in its Los Angeles office.
Karicher earned his bachelor of science in business and economics from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant.
VP, Talent, OD & HR Operations, GameStop Corporation
Lisa Keglovitz, vice president of OD and HR operations at GameStop, is responsible for enterprise-level, multi-brand talent strategy, including sourcing, development, retention and intra-brand deployment. Previously, she served as VP of store operations, which included communications, process efficiency and workforce and payroll planning.
Before 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 its customers and develop, promote and retain diverse talent.
Keglovitz received a bachelor of science in accounting from University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s of business administration from Texas A&M.
SVP, Human Resources, HealthMarkets, Inc.
Sandi Knight, SVP of human resources, has been with HealthMarkets, Inc. since 2011.
Previously, Knight served as VP of HR for EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Prior to EF Johnson, she served as the senior director of human resources for Zale Corporation overseeing all field human resources for 2300 locations, 18000 employees and six brands. She has a varied background in union and non-union environments, multi-location, multi-state and multiple industries such as manufacturing, banking, retail, engineering and now healthcare.
Knight holds a bachelor of arts in sociology and a master’s degree in educational psychology from California State University.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
John Lacy is CHRO for Baylor Scott and White Health, where he oversees all human resource functions for the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas.
Previously, Lacy served as VP of HR for Baptist Memorial Health Care. He spent a total of 15 years at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in progressive leadership roles. Prior to that, he held roles as SVP of HR at Methodist Health System and SVP of HR at Memorial Health Market.
Lacy is a career HR professional, beginning his career as employee manager and then assistant director of HR at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
Lacy received his bachelor of science in business administration from Christian Brothers University, graduating cum laude. He earned his master of business administration from Union University.
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 VP & CAO, Trinity Industries, Inc.
Melendy Lovett, senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Trinity Industries, is responsible for information technology, human resources and government and public relations as well as corporate facilities and administrative services. She is also responsible for a corporate supply chain and logistics initiative that includes Trinity’s Logistics Group. Lovett served on the Trinity Board of Directors from 2012 until she joined the company in 2014.
Prior to Trinity, she was a senior vice president at Texas Instruments Inc. and president of TI’s education technology business. Lovett’s background includes information technology, sales and marketing, product development, accounting, supply chain management, manufacturing, human resources and consulting services in a variety of industries.
Lovett’s honors include membership in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, distinguished alumni of the University of Texas at Dallas, being named one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s “Top 25 Changemakers” by the Dallas Business Journal and one of the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” by the STEMconnector publication.
Lovett earned her master’s degree in accounting from University of Texas at Dallas, a bachelor’s degree in management from Texas A&M University and is a certified public accountant.
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.
Chief Change Architect, Root Inc.
Gary Magenta is chief change architect at Root Inc. and a passionate expert on customer experience. He partners with his clients to create and deliver a differentiated customer experience. During his 16 years at Root, Magenta has partnered with CEOs and executive teams at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations throughout North America and Europe to create a holistic view of their businesses, their people and the customers they serve.
Magenta is a frequent speaker for client events, industry conferences and at business strategy and human resources seminars. He is the author of “720 Haircuts — Creating Customer Loyalty that Lasts a Lifetime” and “The Un-Bossy Boss.” He has been recognized with a Stevie American Business Award for Executive of the Year.
Dallas Market Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Josh Mandel, Dallas market leader for Willis Towers Watson, is responsible for client development and account management at the Dallas office, where his clients represent the retail and energy sectors.
Previously, Mandel worked for a boutique accounting and finance consultancy in the private-equity space, assisting firms in the areas of acquisition, integration, operation and divestiture.
Before that, he played a key role with Baylor Health Care System, spending seven years in several different capacities. His focus over the last three years has been designing, building, marketing, selling and serving clients through Personal Edge, an executive health program.
Prior to Baylor, Mandel was a senior account manager with Humetrics, where his major clients included Racetrac Petroleum, Sunoco and Chevron.
Mandel has an MBA with a concentration in healthcare and entrepreneurship from the University of Dallas, and a bachelor of arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
EVP & Chief People Officer, TDIndustries
Senior Vice President, Customer Experience, American Airlines
Kerry Philipovitch, senior vice president of customer experience at American Airlines, is responsible for coordinating the overall customer experience, including reservations, airport operations, cargo, flight service, premium services and customer relations.
She previously worked for 11 years at Northwest Airlines, holding various management roles in revenue management, schedule and network planning, airport customer service and reservations.
Philipovitch is an executive sponsor for Abilities — American’s employee business resource group, which is creating a culture that welcomes people with differing abilities. In 2011, Profiles in Diversity Journal named Philipovitch as a woman worth watching, an award that acknowledged her accomplishments in the airline industry. In 2012, Phoenix Business Journal selected her as one of the most influential business leaders in the Phoenix area for her leadership role at US Airways and for her work with community organizations.
Philipovitch graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics from Tulane University and received her master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
FINEX Cyber/E&O West Region Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Jeff Schermerhorn, leader of the FINEX Cyber and E&O West Region for Willis Towers Watson, heads a team of advisers focused on privacy, information technology, errors and omissions and media-risk management. Based in Los Angeles, he serves as a senior adviser on cyber, technology errors and omissions, media liability and errors and omissions risks.
Previously, Schermerhorn advised Fortune 100 companies and technology firms on risk-management strategies in the areas of network security and privacy risk, intellectual property and media coverage. In addition, Schermerhorn was an attorney at a global insurance company, where he was the primary architect of the insurer’s cyber, technology errors and omissions and media-liability policies. Prior to joining the insurer, he was a corporate attorney at a national law firm in southern California, where his practice focused on advising and representing corporations in complex transactions and litigation.
Schermerhorn earned a bachelor of arts in political science from California State University, a juris doctor from Chapman University School of Law and a master’s in business administration in finance and technology from New York University, Stern School of Business.
VP, Employee Relations and Field HR/LP, GameStop Corporation
Chuck Smith, VP of employee relations and field HR at GameStop, oversees employee relations in the U.S. and manages a group of geographically based HR directors and regional managers. He also works strategically with the president of U.S. store operations and senior management to ensure that HR’s operations support GameStop’s current and long-term business goals.
Prior to coming to GameStop, Smith held several positions in the HR field, including director of HR at La Madeleine, field recruiting manager at Eddie Bauer, regional HR manager at Zales, and regional HR manager at KB Toys.
Smith has a bachelor of science in biology and a pre-med degree from Paine College.
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.
Senior Executive Advisor, Integrated Talent Management, CEB, now Gartner
Molly Tipps is a senior director and executive advisor at CEB, now Gartner, providing insight and guidance in strategic decision making to the most senior leaders at global organizations for eleven years. In her role, Tipps works with CHROs, as well as recruiting and L and D executives and their teams.
Previously, Tipps was the product manager and executive advisor in the CEB investor relations leadership council, responsible for directing the research, product build and advising. She also has previous work in sales, marketing and communications advisory.
Molly has a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Houston, TX.