Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning & HR HealthPartners, Inc.
Calvin Allen is senior vice president for HealthPartners’ strategic planning and human resources. In his role, Allen leads the creation and implementation of HealthPartners strategic planning process and provides tools to business units to ensure that department objectives and initiatives are aligned with those at the organizational level. He also is responsible for leading strategy and operations for human resources across the HealthPartners enterprise.
Allen has deep experience in management, business development and financial services. His resume includes positions at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Cargill, GE Capital Corporation and Price Waterhouse. He is a member of the Minneapolis CHRO Leadership Summit Governing Body, the Human Resource Executive Committee and the National Association of Health Services Executives. Allen has been honored by the Twin Cities Business Journal’s as a 40 Under 40 recipient and recognized twice as a leader in diversity.
Allen holds a master of business administration from Harvard University and bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Director Speaking and Training O.C. Tanner Institute
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is one of the highest-ranked speakers at various local, state, national and international conferences. He’s spoken to thousands of people and leadership groups at conferences and companies such as AMEX, Bank of America, Capital One, Dow Chemical, and FedEx, to name a few. An expert in the areas of workplace culture, engagement, great work, teambuilding, leadership and personal development, his presentations have been called “dynamic, insightful, clear, honest and informative.”
SVP & Director, Human Resources Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Nancy Betz joined Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in 2004 as director of human resources. In this role, she provides leadership, strategy, management, and direction for the human resources department and the office of minority and women inclusion.
Prior to joining the bank, Betz worked as director of human resources at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and DuPont Pioneer. During her tenure at DuPont Pioneer, she held a variety of positions, including global human resources for the sales and marketing division and corporate learning and development responsibilities. Her leadership responsibilities have involved aligning human capital and workforce strategies with the business strategy.
Betz received her undergraduate degree in business management and M.S. from Drake University.
SVP, Human Resources Valmont Industries, Inc.
Vanessa Brown is SVP of HR at Valmont Industries Inc. She is responsible for global human resources processes and programs within Valmont. She joined Valmont in 1973 in the HR department and has held progressively responsible positions within the human resources function in all divisions at Valmont. She was named VP of HR 2011.
Brown attended college at the University of Nebraska Omaha, majoring in business. Currently, she serves on the board of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Workforce Development board. She was past president of the Human Resources Association of Omaha and board member for the State Society of Human Resources.
Duane Carter Ed.D.
SVP, Human Resources Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Duane Carter is SVP of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis where he is a member of the bank’s executive team. He has responsibility for human resources, treasury services, cash services, facilities management and corporate security, and the learning management and support office. Carter also serves as director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and the bank’s equal employment opportunity officer.
Carter has more than 20 years of broad, multibusiness leadership experience. He has a proven record of talent acquisition, talent management, employee relations, compensation, benefits and organizational development, and learning. He also has extensive experience leading and implementing organizational change, creating high performance teams, and building collaborative partnerships with internal and external clients. He began his career at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank in 1990 as an account manager in business development. He was promoted to assistant vice president in 1998 and then vice president in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to senior vice president.
Carter holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture business from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
VP HR Marvin Windows and Doors
Bob Evans is the vice president of human resources for Marvin Windows and Doors having relocated to Northern Minnesota in 2007 when he joined the company. Evans has lead various HR functions in both public and private companies after receiving his master of science in human resources and organization development. These companies include management roles at the Kellogg Company, Philips Electronics and ERTL Company. Then executive roles with Newell Rubbermaid, American Italian Pasta and National Manufacturing Company before joining the Marvin Companies. Evans served in the U.S. Army for 26 years before retiring. Evans is graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science in zoology.
Regional Sales Manager - Enterprise Solutions Castlight Health Inc.
Patrick Feit is Castlight Health's regional manager of enterprise solutions, based in Minneapolis. He has 23 years of consumer engagement marketing and technology experience and has been privileged to work with many of the world's largest employers. Prior to Castlight, he held senior leadership roles in corporate development, product, marketing and sales at Young America, Digital River, 500friends and Rainmaker Systems. Feit is a University of Minnesota alumnus.
Founder + CEO WorldBlu
Traci Fenton is the founder and CEO of WorldBlu, which has a vision to see 1 billion people working in freedom-centered organizations worldwide. WorldBlu was founded in 1997 and is the largest global network of companies committed to freedom and democracy in the workplace, with clients in more than 80 countries globally representing over $30B in annual revenue. Fenton was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Top 50 Leadership Thinker, along with other world-class leaders such as Dan Pink, Brene Brown and Marshall Goldsmith.
Research shows that the Freedom at Work organizational design and leadership model that WorldBlu teaches delivers on average a staggering 103 percent revenue growth over a three year period for freedom-centered companies. WorldBlu’s clients include such well-respected brands as Zappos, DaVita, HCL Technologies, WD-40, Great Harvest Bread Company, Menlo Innovations, Geonetric and more.
Fenton developed the groundbreaking Freedom at Work model as well as the Freedom-Centered Leader and Freedom-Centered CEO certification programs and frequently coaches and consults with leaders of companies worldwide working to embrace a more freedom-centered model.
SVP, HR and Employee Services Xcel Energy Inc.
Darla Figoli was named SVP of HR and employee services in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for all of Xcel Energy’s HR functions as well as safety and technical training, workforce relations, property services, security, and aviation.
Prior to joining HR and employee services, Figoli was the director of commercial accounting services where she was responsible for the accounting of all of Xcel Energy’s fuel and purchased power costs, power trading, wholesale revenue and commodity derivatives.
Figoli started with the company in 1996 as the director accounting for a number of unregulated subsidiaries engaged in natural gas marketing and trading and was later named as VP and controller where she was responsible for all related financial and HR functions for these same unregulated subsidiaries. Prior to joining the company, she worked for Multifoods Distribution Group and Leprino Foods Company in various leadership capacities.
Figoli currently serves on the Urban Peak board of directors and is an advisory member on the American Benefits Council. She is a member of the business alliance within Women United for the Mile High United Way. Figoli earned a B.A. in accounting from Fort Lewis College and an MBA from University of Colorado, Denver.
Chief Human Resources Officer C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
As CHRO at C.H. Robinson, Angie Freeman leads the company’s global talent strategies including recruiting, compensation, learning and leadership development, employee communications, and diversity and inclusion. C.H. Robinson is one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers, with annual revenues of $13.5B and approximately 12,000 employees around the globe. Additionally, Freeman leads the company’s charitable giving efforts as president of the C.H. Robinson Foundation, which along with the company, has contributed more than $17M to charitable organizations since 2005.
Freeman joined C.H. Robinson in 1998 and during her career at the company has progressively expanded her scope and responsibilities, serving in a variety of positions including leading investor relations, marketing and public relations, and government affairs. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson, Freeman was with McDermott/O’Neill & Associates, a Boston-based public affairs firm. In 2013, Freeman was honored with the area’s most influential women when she was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Women in Business list.
Freeman holds a master of science in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, in addition to a bachelor of arts in political science and a bachelor of science in secondary education from the University of North Dakota.
Professor of Management Practice Harvard Business School
Joseph Fuller is a professional of management practice in general management at the Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the faculty group overseeing Harvard’s ongoing project on U.S. competitiveness. A 1981 graduate of the school, Fuller was a founder, first employee and CEO of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. Fuller has written extensively on management issues. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, CEO, and The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance magazines, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The International Herald Tribune.
Fuller has spent the last three years studying issues related to employment and has written extensively on the topic. His focus is the “skills gap” — the phenomenon that employers find it hard to fill open positions at the same time the nation suffers from high levels of unemployment and underemployment and falling workforce participation. His current research focuses on steps businesses can take to reduce the competitive impact of the skills gap, innovative practices employers can use to attract and retain talent, and on the impact technological innovation will have on the workforce.
Vice President Health Informatics HealthPartners, Inc.
Jason Gallagher joined HealthPartners in 2001. He is responsible for population health analytics, predictive model development, clinical quality reporting, data integration and custom analytics solutions for purchasers.
Prior to HealthPartners, Gallagher held senior programming and analyst positions with Vida HealthCare and Ingenix. Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Olaf College, a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas, and is certified in critical outcomes report analysis by the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium.
Director, HR Product Management ServiceNow
Jeff Gore serves as director of HR product management at ServiceNow, with more than 15 years’ experience in shared services and HR services delivery. Gore possesses deep experience in the product management and implementation of enterprise HR shared services delivery solutions, including HR case management, knowledge management, HR portal, and HR analytics. This knowledge is based on professional experience within the federal government, state and local government, healthcare, education, technology, and financial services industries.
SVP & CHRO Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Loren Heeringa is SVP and CHRO of Land O’Lakes Inc., a $14B Fortune 194 food and agribusiness company. He has more than 30 years of HR and change management experience in multiple companies and industries. Prior to Land O’Lakes, Heeringa was VP of HR at Honeywell International’s global core business and VP of HR at the University of St. Thomas.
Heeringa has a B.A. in psychology from Hamline University and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of several boards, including co-chair of the board of governors of the CHRO Leadership Summit.
VP & CHRO Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.
Carrie Heimer is the vice president and chief human resources officer for the Red Wing Shoe Company Inc. and a member of its executive leadership team. Heimer is responsible for the company’s overall human resources and talent strategy and the delivery of human resources services across the global enterprise.
Prior to joining Redwing in 2007, Heimer held senior HR leadership roles across a broad spectrum of industries including retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing. Throughout her career she has been passionate about driving global talent initiatives that deliver business results and improve the employee experience. Her specialties include strategy and planning, organizational effectiveness, and leader/talent development. Heimer holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master of science in management.
CEO Trust Edge
David Horsager, M.A. and CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and founder of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, a leadership development firm that provides research, inspiring keynote presentations, human capital development programs, executive coaching and consulting solutions to clients around the world on the bottom-line impact of trust.
Horsager has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal for his research and thought leadership as the author of the national best-seller, “The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.” His 8-Pillar Framework has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
Horsager has delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. Combining humor and memorable stories with research and insight, Horsager sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Horsager and his team at Trust Edge Leadership Institute make it their mission to develop trusted leaders and organizations. They produce high-performance teams and see the greatest results attained though trust.
CEO & Founder Bluebridge Digital LLC
Santiago Jaramillo is the CEO and founder of employee mobile app engagement platform Bluebridge, where he oversees the vision, strategy, and road map of the company’s product and brand. Jaramillo has grown Bluebridge from humble beginnings in a college dorm room to the industry's premier platform for companies to more deeply engage their employees through mobile. In just a few years, Bluebridge has helped hundreds of organizations worldwide like South Africa Tourism, the Wesleyan Church, Purdue University, T2 Systems, TrendyMinds, Harding Poorman Group, and others achieve more than 13 million user sessions and 5 million push notifications across 600-plus apps in multiple stores. Through Jaramillo’s leadership, the company has grown to nearly 40 employees and has secured more than $3.5M in venture capital funding from world-renowned investors.
Jaramillo is a nationally recognized expert on mobile and innovation and was named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs in 2013. He has also been invited to the White House for his entrepreneurial contributions and was named TechPoint’s Young Professional of the Year in 2014. Most recently, he was named to Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, list.
Chief Administrative Officer The Gavilon Group, LLC
Robert Jones is chief administration officer of The Gavilon Group LLC, a leading commodity management firm, responsible for leading the company’s human resources, marketing and communications, facilities, administrative services, community relations, and charitable giving functions. Before joining the company in 2010, Jones was managing director and chief administrative officer of Enron Creditors Recovery Corp. His 29-year career at Enron included responsibilities for human resource matters associated with Enron’s global operations and restructuring following the 2001 bankruptcy. In addition to facilitation, problem-solving, crisis management and conflict resolution, his experience includes aligning human resource initiatives to achieve company objectives and leading organizations through aggressive growth and change.
Jones is a member of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management executive leadership board, co-chairman of the Minneapolis CHRO Leadership Summit Governing Body and an advisory board member of Bellevue University.
Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Human Resources Director Minnesota Vikings
Lisa Larson begins her 11th season with the Vikings in 2016 and directs the employee relations, benefits, staffing, performance management, compensation, compliance, workers compensation and safety for the Vikings staff. Larson’s responsibilities cover the Vikings players and coaches, full-time staff and more than 400 seasonal and part-time employees.
Larson has more than 20 years of experience in human resources in varied industries, from insurance to printing and manufacturing. Before joining the Vikings in 2006, Larson spent 2004—2006 in human resources at Minnesota-based power sports giant Polaris.
Larson has a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in human resources from St. Cloud State University.
VP, Global Human Resources Smiths Medical
Ron Leonhardt leads the global human resources of environmental health and safety and corporate communications functions for Smiths Medical. He brings a background of more than 18 years of HR and business consulting experience focused on optimizing the management of human capital for global organizations. He joined Smiths Medical in 2009.
Prior to joining Smiths, Leonhardt held several leadership positions with Target Corporation. In 2006, Leonhardt spent two years in Shanghai, China, as the director of international HR establishing the HR organization to support Target’s global sourcing division’s Asia growth plans. In 2008, as head of HR for Target India, he helped build Target’s business process outsourcing center in Bangalore, India.
Leonhardt began his professional career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen’s business consulting group and then with the strategic human capital consulting group at Deloitte & Touche. He was also the lead HR consultant for the Japan business organization practice in both firms.
Leonhardt holds a BSFS in international economics from Georgetown University and a master’s in international business and finance from Columbia University.
Chairman, President & CEO Andersen Windows
Jay Lund is chairman and chief executive officer of Andersen Corporation. He became the company’s 10th president in 2009 and eighth chairman in 2013. Before joining Andersen, Lund spent four years at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant with Andersen Corporation as one of his clients. He left the consulting business to join Andersen Corporation’s information technology organization. Lund joined the company in 1985 and has been in a series of progressively responsible positions in information technology, marketing, sales, distribution, logistics and general management. Lund is a member of the board of directors of the Andersen Corporate Foundation, as well as a member of the St. Olaf College Board of Regents, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Policy advisory board, the GREATER MSP Regional Economic Development board, and the Schwan Food Company board of directors.
EVP & CHRO Target Corporation
Stephanie Lundquist is executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Target and a member of its executive leadership team. She is responsible for setting the human resource strategy and organizational design for Target’s stores, headquarters, supply chain and international operations. Lundquist joined Target in 2005, and during her tenure has held leadership positions in talent acquisition, talent management and operational roles in business integration and project management. More recently she served as senior vice president of human resources for stores and distribution, and in 2015, became responsible for all headquarters locations. Lundquist has a B.A. in business and communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
VP, Enterprise Services Andersen Corporation
Nancy Merritt is responsible for the enterprise services of the HRCS organization at Andersen Corporation, which is comprised of corporate safety and disability management, facilities and security, HR technology services and workforce analytics, internal communications, and total rewards.
Prior to joining Andersen, Merritt spent nine years with Honeywell and five years with Alliant Techsystems. She held a variety of roles in training and development, staffing, college relations, and compensation. Merritt joined Andersen in 1995 and has held a series of progressively responsible positions in compensation, benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and employee relations.
Merritt has a bachelor of arts in communications/sociology with an emphasis in human resources management from Augsburg College.
SVP, CHRO Allina Health System
Christine Moore leads the human resources function of Allina Health and is accountable for the organization’s human resources and people strategies, which are critical to building and sustaining an engaged workforce committed to exceptional care and service. Her accountabilities include HR operations, talent acquisition, management and succession planning, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and leadership development.
Prior to joining Allina Health in 2015, Moore served as an executive HR leader at Ecolab and Best Buy. In addition to her HR experience, Moore has also held executive leadership roles overseeing business lines for Best Buy and Best Buy.com. She began her career at a management consulting agency.
Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and she received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
Chairman Mortenson Construction
David Mortenson is chairman of M. A. Mortenson Company, a privately held international diversified construction organization. The company is among the country's largest 25 contractors as ranked in Engineering News-Record. With more than 5,000 team members across 10 North American cities, Mortenson oversees business that specializes in everything from sports stadiums to hospitals, research institutions to data centers.
Mortenson joined the family business in 1991 after serving as the combat information center officer on board the USS Hewitt. He undertook the company’s first international design-build project for Seagate Technology in Northern Ireland, and was project director during the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He led the company's office in Seattle for six years before returning to Minneapolis in 2007.
Outside of the office, he is an active community member, serving as the chairman of the Itasca Project, a founding board member of Greater MSP, a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation, and a board member of Minnesota Business Partnership.
Senior Recognition Strategist Globoforce
Marcy is a solutions consultant for Globoforce, where she currently serves as a recognition solution expert within the company’s North American sales team. Along with conceptualizing, communicating and demonstrating how Globoforce’s products and services help drive a company’s business performance to sales prospects, Ricci is also an advisor between the company’s sales, product, marketing, strategy and consulting, and customer success teams.
Ricci’s prior roles at Globoforce include being a customer success manager and account manager, during which time she implemented more than 10 clients and managed more than 25 unique clients. Additionally, she managed half of the company’s customer success team including customer success managers, launch success managers and customer success coordinators, as a team responsible for more than 100 account relationships and 750,000 active end users.
Prior to joining Globoforce, Ricci was an account executive at SHI where she provided IT solutions to customers based on their respective needs, and helped expand the company’s customer base throughout New England. Before that, Ricci served as a team leader and account manager for MathWorks, where she managed a team of four inside sales support specialists, and was responsible for hiring, job training and career development.
SVP & CHRO Andersen Corporation
Karen Richard is responsible for human resources, sustainability and environmental, facilities and security, communications, and community relations. Richard serves on the board of directors for the Andersen Corporate Foundation and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. She is also a member of the finance and human resources committee for GTCUW and is the former chair of the board for St. David’s Center, a child development and community services organization in Minnetonka. Richard joined Andersen in 2014, after spending the majority of her career at Select Comfort, most recently as their CHRO and senior vice president of human capital. A certified public accountant, she earned her bachelor of accounting degree from the College of St. Benedict, and her executive MBA from the University of Saint Thomas.
Vice President of Marketing and Account Management PayCheck Direct
Ted Rogers is vice president of PayCheck Direct, an employee purchase program that gives employees a better tool to responsibly buy items they need. Rogers brings 20 years of experience in business management, client delivery and marketing services. Prior to PayCheck Direct, he served as vice president of new customer acquisition marketing at Bluestem Brands Inc., PayCheck Direct’s parent company. His background also includes serving as the director of client delivery and business management at Fair Isaac, a software company that measures consumer credit risk. Rogers has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and information systems from the University of Minnesota.
Director HR, Talent Acquisition and WFP Andersen Corporation
Steve Schad is currently responsible for talent acquisition and strategic workforce planning at Andersen Corporation, which he has led since 2014. He also has responsibility for business partner support for the company’s enterprise functions, including support functions, R&D, and supply chain services. Schad joined Andersen in 2006 as manager of corporate learning and organizational development.
Prior to Andersen, Schad was part of the Missouri lieutenant =governor’s staff and then an independent business consultant for 10 years, working across industries and sectors on organizational development and leadership development initiatives. Schad graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in political science and Russian studies.
SVP, CHRO Polaris Industries Inc.
Jim Williams joined Polaris as vice president of human resources in 2011. Prior to joining Polaris, Williams was vice president of human resources for Cooper Industries since 2006. Between 2005 and 2006, Williams was vice president of human resources for Danaher Corp. Prior to that, Williams held various executive positions of increasing responsibility with Honeywell Inc. from 1995—2005. Prior to that, Williams held a number of posts in human resources with Monsanto and General Motors Corp.
Karie Willyerd, Ph.D.
VP, Learning & Social Adoption SAP SuccessFactors
Karie Willyerd is the workplace futurist at SuccessFactors, an SAP human capital software company. Prior, she was the co-founder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. Willyerd was formerly chief learning officer for Sun Microsystems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner and Sun community learning. The customer business of Sun trained more than 600,000 students a year in 125 countries.
Willyerdis the co-author of the award-winning best-seller, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.” She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business, co-authored a feature article on mentoring millennials in Harvard Business Review, and has authored dozens of other articles or publications.
In prior roles, she was a chief talent officer for Solectron, now Flextronics, led the people development function at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, and ran executive development at H.J. Heinz. She serves on the global leadership council for the business school at Colorado State University. Willyerd’s newest book is “Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace,” which was selected as an Amazon Editor’s Pick in Business and Leadership in 2016.