VP Marketing, O.C. Tanner
Gary Beckstrand, VP at O.C. Tanner, brings 28 years of research, marketing and business development experience to O.C. Tanner. He has consulted with many Fortune 100 companies to assess recognition cultures, develop strategic solutions and measure results.
Previously, Beckstrand managed many well-known brands for global organizations, including Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s and Franklin Covey.
Beckstrand has a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s of business administration from Northwest University.
Best-Selling Author, "Work Rules"
Laszlo Bock is an advisor and best-selling author of “Work Rules.” He partners with founders and leadership teams of organizations experiencing hyper-growth and advises them on how to scale, lead and build amazing cultures.
Previously, Bock was SVP of people operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company from 6,000 to 72,000 employees and ensuring the firm’s culture remained innovative and robust. Bock is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics,” the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.
Prior to Google, Bock worked for the General Electric Company, and before that was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company.
Laszlo earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Pomona College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Vice President of Employer Solutions, Capella Education Company
SVP, Human Resources, Valmont Industries, Inc.
Vanessa Brown is senior vice president of human resources at Valmont Industries, Inc., where she is responsible for global human resources processes and programs. She has been with Valmont since 1973.
Brown is a past president of the Human Resources Association of Omaha, a past board member for the State Society of Human Resources and a past board member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Brown attended college at the University of Nebraska Omaha, majoring in business.
Director, Business Development, SoFi
Tom Brust is director of business development and enterprise client relationships for SoFi in the Northeast and Midwest. He works closely with SoFi clients and channel partners on strategic HR initiatives involving financial wellness and education, behavioral finance and incentives, total rewards, employee communications and consumer engagement.
Previously, Brust was a principal at Willis Towers Watson, where he focused on financial wellness and total rewards consulting, HR technology and employee engagement. He received Willis Towers Watson’s inaugural Chairman’s Award for innovation and client service. Prior to Towers Watson, Brust worked at EY, IBM and Viant, where he advised global clients on operations, business strategy and digital business. Brust has also been a key leader in several entrepreneurial ventures including FinTech and Telemedicine.
Brust has a bachelor of science in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Brust served as a US Naval Officer.
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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.
Principal Consultant, SAP SuccessFactors
Mick Collins is principal consultant for the SAP SuccessFactors workforce analytics and planning products. In this capacity, he oversees presales strategy and execution, with responsibilities including go-to-market messaging, commercialization strategy, sales enablement, prospect and customer engagement, alliance management, and product-thought leadership.
Collins has over 12 years of experience in analytics and planning and has delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops to public- and private-sector organizations on how to build their capabilities for data-driven decision-making in HR.
Collins received a bachelor of arts from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.
VP, Human Resources, Regal Beloit Corporation
Since 2006, Terry has served as Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Regal Beloit. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Colvin was an employee of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation for over seventeen years where he served as Vice President of Human Resources. Terry has a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University.
VP of HR, H.B. Fuller Company
Paula Cooney is vice president of human resources for H.B. Fuller. She provides strategic direction as the company’s human resources and communications leader. She is an integral member of the executive leadership team, collaborating and advising on critical business and employee-related matters across the globe.
Previously, Cooney held the position of director, global HR strategic programs, for six years. Prior to joining H.B. Fuller, Cooney enjoyed a nearly 15-year career at Intel, holding several HR leadership positions. Earlier in her career, Cooney worked in employee relations, training and development, and as an HR management systems consultant in Ireland.
Cooney has a diploma in personnel management from the National College of Ireland, and an MBS in human-resource management and industrial relations from University College Dublin.
SVP Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, Target Corporation
Tim Curoe is senior vice president, talent and organizational effectiveness for Target, where he is responsible for hiring, employment branding, leadership development, training and talent management.
Previously, Curoe held various leadership roles in merchandising, merchandising operations and information technology. Prior to joining Target, he worked in General Electric’s electrical distribution and control, industrial, corporate and plastics businesses.
Curoe received his bachelor degree in engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
SVP & Chief Human Capital Ofc., Select Comfort Corporation
Patricia Dirks serves as chief human capital officer for Select Comfort and leads all human capital functions.
Previously, she served as SVP of organizational effectiveness for Target Corporation, starting at the company in 2004. Prior to that, she held various human resources leadership positions at Marshall Field’s Department Stores for Target Corporation, including SVP of human resources.
Dirks earned her bachelor of science from Iowa State University.
CEO, Prime Therapeutics
Jim DuCharme is president and chief executive officer of Prime, a pharmacy benefit manager serving nearly 26 million people. He has a deep understanding of health plan operations and the value that integrated care offers to Prime’s members, owners and clients.
Previously, DuCharme served as CFO and treasurer for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to that, he held finance positions at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
DuCharme received his MBA in corporate finance from the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Dickinson College. He is a certified public accountant as well as a certified management accountant.
VP, Human Resources, Prime Therapeutics
Erin Feigal is vice president of human resources at Prime Therapeutics, where she leads the talent acquisition, talent development, business partnership, total rewards and PrimeCares functions for Prime Therapeutics. She is focused on creating exceptional strategic business partnerships and environments where employees can thrive while ensuring consistent, practical and progressive operations and practices.
Previously, Feigal served as the global human resources director for a high-tech, growth focused business unit of Imation Corporation. Prior to that, she was a human resources professional in the financial services and high-tech manufacturing industries.
Feigal has a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Chief Human Resources Officer, City of Minneapolis
Patience Ferguson is the CHRO for the city of Minneapolis, where she is responsible for leading strategy and operations for human resources across the city enterprise in the areas of talent acquisition, workforce planning, workforce equity and inclusion, total rewards, labor relations, and employee engagement.
An involved member of the community, Ferguson received the “Minority in Business” award from the Twin Cities Business Journal, is a board member of the YMCA Twin Cities and is vice chair of the diversity inclusion and global committee.
Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and has a master’s degree in human resource development from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President, HQ Human Resources, Target Corporation
Ann Florell is vice president of human resources for Target. She is responsible for more than 6,000 team members across Target headquarters, including corporate HR functions, technology and digital. In addition, she is responsible for all HR functions for Target India operations.
Florell joined Target in 1993 as an executive team lead and has since held HR business partner and leadership roles in HR at headquarters, working in all areas, including a role with Marshal Fields HR and Target Canada’s HR start-up team.
Florell received a bachelor of science in business and communications from St. Cloud State University.
CHRO, Mayo Clinic
Cathy Fraser is CHRO for the Mayo Clinic, where she is responsible for the human resource strategies and services that ensure its current and future workforce fulfill Mayo’s primary value of ensuring that patients’ needs come first.
Previously, Fraser led human resources at Tenet Healthcare, a large national healthcare services company. Prior to that, she served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, helping clients with organization and human capital opportunities. She also worked in various finance roles at American Airlines and Sabre, and in finance roles at General Motors.
Fraser earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
VP, Customer Success, Globoforce
As Globoforce’s VP of customer success, Chris French is responsible for customer success and engagement while delivering strategic and social recognition at some of the world’s largest organizations. He joined the company in 2012 and has spent the past 10 years focused solely on helping clients engage their employees on a global scale. Prior to Globoforce, French was SVP at Prinova Inc., a software leader in customer communications management market. Previously, he was the U.S. market leader for Buck Consultants' global HR technology and administration practice. French has also held senior roles in client services, marketing and consulting at PwC, Cognicase and Mastech.
He is a graduate of McMaster University where he earned a B.S. in psychology.
Vice President of Global Consulting, Hogan Assessments
Scott Gregory is a partner and vice president of consulting for Hogan Assessment Systems, where he provides expertise on executive selection, development and succession to Hogan’s global, corporate clients and supports the work of Hogan’s business alliances with distribution partners.
Previously, Gregory served as vice president of talent management and OD for Pentair, a global manufacturing business headquartered in Ireland, where he was responsible for global management and executive recruiting, selection, development and succession planning.
Gregory’s work includes publications in the Journal of Business and Psychology and a book chapter co-authored with Bob Hogan in the Handbook of Personality Psychology. He is a frequent speaker on personality in the workplace, has provided executive coaching to CEOs and a U.S. senator, selection research for the U.S. Army and other government agencies, organizational consulting for half of the Fortune 100 list and worked extensively with personality assessment in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe.
Gregory holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa.
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.
EVP & CHRO, CHS Inc.
Adam Holton is EVP & CHRO at CHS. Holton directs CHS global comprehensive human resources strategy including talent acquisition and talent management strategies, compensation and benefits, training and leadership development, and overall HR strategies to ensure the company has the human capital to help its customers succeed.
Holton joined CHS in 2014 from GE Healthcare where most recently he served as a senior human resources executive, leading HR functions for GE global services. He held a wide range of HR leadership roles including leading global HR teams in seven different regions, and designing and delivering strategies to support service productivity, consistent performance and growth. He was also responsible for talent and organizational development and design. Holton also spent time at Bank One, acquired by JPMorgan Chase.
Holton earned a bachelor of science in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served for six years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer, spending three years at Camp Pendleton and three years at Quantico. In 2004—2005, he led a reserve unit that deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SVP Pay & Benefits, Target Corporation
Yu-Ping Kao is senior vice president of pay and benefits for Target, where she is responsible for team member health and financial benefits offerings, compensation programs and global mobility. In her 15-year tenure at Target, Kao has held leadership roles in pricing, planning and analytics for store operations, corporate financial planning and Target Canada finance.
Kao received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Barnard College in New York and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President, Principal Consultant, Right Management
Rob Kjar is VP and principal consultant with Right Management, working out of the Chicagoland area with key clients throughout North America.
Kjar has over 20 years of experience working with large organizations in multiple industries, including financial services, market analytics, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing, and has led talent management projects in North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked closely with executive leadership teams to implement global and local leadership development solutions to improve cross-cultural communication, create greater strategic alignment, and to bring about lasting improvements.
Previously, Kjar led talent management and organization development efforts at Astellas, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Discover Financial Services. He has also been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at Benedictine University and Lewis University.
Kjar earned his Ph.D. in organization development from Benedictine University and a master of arts in educational studies from the University of Utah.
VP, Human Resources, Otter Tail Corporation
Paul Knutson is the top human resource officer at Otter Tail Corp., parent company to Otter Tail Power Co., BTD Manufacturing, TO Plastics, Northern Pipe Products and Vinyltech Corp. He has an extensive background in human resource transformation, HR strategy, leadership development, executive compensation and employee benefits. He has held senior leadership roles as VP of HR, corporate communications, and facilities at Oriental Trading Co. and as SVP of HR and organizational development at Pamida Inc. His additional experience includes leadership roles at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Lands’ End, business ownership and human resource consulting.
Knutson has a B.A. in psychology from Concordia College and an M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
EVP, Health/Wellness, CHRO, Hy-Vee, Inc.
CHRO, SUPERVALU INC.
André LaMere, CHRO at SUPERVALU, leads talent strategy, including labor, compensation, generalist, shared services, learning, talent acquisition and talent development. He and his team work with all segments of the business to ensure HR initiatives are aligned with SUPERVALU’s business and customer strategies, while focusing on attracting, developing and retaining a community of 30,000 diverse food industry professionals.
LaMere is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of business experience in multiple roles, including VP of employment law and asset protection at SUPERVALU and as a partner in the law firm, Maslon, LLP.
Andre earned his juris doctor from William Mitchell School of Law, and holds a bachelor of arts from Carleton College in Minnesota.
VP of HR, New Horizon Academy
Lisa Larson is the VP of human resources for New Horizon Academy, where she leads the employee relations, training and development, benefits, recruiting and retention, performance management, compensation, compliance, workers compensation and safety initiatives for the more than 2,000 employees of New Horizon and its affiliated companies Kinderberry Hill, Kids Quest and Cyber Quest.
Larson has more than 20 years of experience in human resources in varied industries, from insurance to printing and manufacturing. Previously, Larson spent 10 years as the HR director for the Minnesota Vikings.
Larson has a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in human resources from St. Cloud State University.
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Senior Director, Behavioral Health and Resilience, HealthPartners, Inc.
Karen Lloyd is senior director of behavioral health and resilience at HealthPartners, where she provides health plan leadership for behavioral health strategy and operations to improve health, experience and affordability for this 1.4 million-member health plan.
She also develops and leads the behavioral health disease management, case management and utilization management programs for members with behavioral health conditions, along with the emotional resilience programs for HealthPartners employees, care delivery patients and health plan members.
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 leads all aspects of human resource management for Target and is responsible for the recruitment, development, total rewards and engagement for more than 320,000 team members around the world.
Lundquist joined Target in 2005 and has held leadership positions in talent acquisition, talent management and operational roles in business integration and project management. Prior to becoming EVP and CHRO, she served as senior vice president of human resources for all corporate functions and had a pivotal role in building Target’s transformation office and strategy.
In addition to her regular duties, Lundquist serves on the board of directors for the HR Policy Association and on the Global Leadership Council for the Concordia College Offutt School of Business. She is also a member of the G100 Talent Consortium, the Gartner CHRO Global Leadership Board and is co-chair of the Minneapolis CHRO Leadership Summit.
Lundquist earned her bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Concordia College.
CEO of Clockwork
Nancy Lyons is CEO of Clockwork and author of “Culture (R)evolution,” and speaks often about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology and people. Through her writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business.
Lyons is also co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” and author of the upcoming book, “How to win at business by being nice to humans.”
She serves as the Chair of the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is on the Board of Trustees at Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, is on the advisory board for American Public Media’s Marketplace, is on the Open Twin Cities Advisory Board, is on the Amplified Voices Board, and is a member of the advisory board for the innovative entrepreneurial conference, Giant Steps. She is also a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization and was the emcee for the Women’s March MN in 2017.
Lyons earned her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University.
Vice President, HR, Jostens, Inc.
Julie Maeyaert is VP of HR at Jostens, where she is responsible for corporate recruiting, compensation, leadership development, succession planning, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, compliance, employee engagement and employee recognition.
Previously, Maeyaert worked at Select Comfort Corporation, working her way up to human resources director, where she led the HR efforts for a number of the corporate functions including IT, finance and marketing. She started her career in 1990 working with Andcor Human Resources, a firm that focused on partnering with Minnesota-based emerging growth companies to identify the right talent to join their teams.
Maeyaert received her bachelor of science degree in speech communications from St. Cloud State University.
EVP, Human Resources, Ecolab
Laurie Marsh is EVP of HR for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab’s 47,000 employees deliver comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 170 countries. Previously, Marsh served as VP of total rewards and HR service delivery and technology.
Prior to joining Ecolab in 2011 through a merger with Nalco Holding Co., Marsh was Nalco’s EVP of HR. During her 20-year career with Nalco, she held several positions within the company’s human resources function, including manager of employee benefits, director of workplace planning and staffing, and division vice president of compensation. Marsh also was president of the Nalco Foundation, a role she assumed in 2003 and held until 2012 when the Nalco Foundation was merged with Ecolab.
Marsh has a bachelor of science in interior architecture and design from the University of Wisconsin.
CHRO, Allina Health System
Christine Moore, CHRO, 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.
Previously, 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 BestBuy.com. She began her career at a management consulting agency.
Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Scripps College, and she received her Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University.
CEO, Jostens, Inc.
Chuck Mooty has been the CEO and president of Jostens, Inc. since 2014.
He began his career in the finance and treasury departments at SuperValu before joining International Dairy Queen in 1987. During his 21 years of service at IDQ, Mooty served in a variety of leadership roles, including treasurer, chief financial officer and administration officer. Mooty served as president and CEO for eight years before becoming the CEO and chair of the Faribault Woolen Mill. He then stepped in as the interim president and CEO at Fairview Health System, where he was chair of the board.
Mooty earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
EVP & CHRO, Taylor Corporation
Erin Riebe is the EVP and CHRO of human resources for Taylor Corporation, where she oversees nearly 13,000 employees.
Previously, she worked for Nortek Air Solutions, where she was group vice president of HR and shared services. Riebe was part of an HR leadership team charged with implementing an HR shared-service model as the decentralized businesses of Nortek became an integrated operating company. Her expertise is in building strategic partnerships with business leaders and aligning HR teams to ensure the function drives organizational performance and enables business results.
Prior to joining Nortek, Riebe spent five years in the healthcare industry as VP and senior human capital partner at OptumInsight, and later as executive director at Greatbatch Medical, a technology company serving the medical device industry. Earlier in her career, she built her HR expertise at the Toro Company, TCF National Bank of Minnesota and ADC Telecommunications.
Riebe graduated cum laude with a degree in human resource management from Mankato State University and earned her master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations at the University of Minnesota.
Practice Leader, CEB, now Gartner
Lauren Romansky, practice leader at CEB, now Gartner, launched CEB’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council in 2016 and manages the research team, supporting heads of diversity and inclusion globally. In her role, Romansky speaks daily with those leading diversity and inclusion and has authored numerous studies and implementation support around diversity and inclusion strategy and trends. She regularly leads roundtable discussions and presents to and facilitates discussions at CEB member organizations across the globe.
Previously, Romansky was an underwriter for not-for-profit loans, and completed a general management rotational program with TD Bank. She was also an Education Pioneer Fellow.
Lauren holds a degree in history from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Chief People Officer, Ceridian
Lisa Sterling is the chief people officer at Ceridian, where she focuses on executing the organization’s global people strategy and provides the vision on the Dayforce Talent Management offering.
Sterling joined Ceridian in 2015 as VP of Dayforce Talent Management, responsible for global product strategy for Talent technologies. With over 17 years of experience in people, process and software design and execution, her broad range of expertise covers the entire people experience as well as talent management technology. Previously, Sterling ran the talent technology solutions organization for Mercer.
Sterling earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
SVP & Chief People Officer, Post Consumer Brands
Carol Surface, Ph.D.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Medtronic plc
Carol Surface, CHRO of Medtronic, leads the company’s human resources strategy for more than 85,000 worldwide employees. She also provides leadership for global communications, philanthropy and community affairs and global health initiatives. Her key focus areas include enterprise talent management and succession planning, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, executive compensation, internal and external stakeholder engagement, reputation management and community and health initiatives.
Previously, Surface served as EVP and CHRO at Best Buy Co., Inc., and held a series of human resources leadership roles of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, including serving as chief personnel officer for PepsiCo International. She also brings experience from other industries and businesses, including Kmart and Dow Chemical, where she completed an internship as a doctoral candidate.
Surface earned a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Central Michigan University.
CHRO, Marvin Windows and Doors
Krischelle Tennessen is the chief human resources officer for The Marvin Companies, where she is responsible for driving the company’s long-term human resources vision and strategy.
Previously, Tennessen was the SVP of HR for Krause Holdings. There she oversaw the human resources division for the company and led the development of the employee value proposition and total rewards strategic philosophy. Tennessen began her career in retail, where she spent more than 20 years in operations and HR leadership roles for multiple companies, including Target and Walmart.
Beyond her work at The Marvin Companies, Tennessen is the co-founder of Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas, a non-profit organization that helps women who are re-entering the workforce. Tennessen has served as a Board member for the Dress for Success organization as well as The Greater Des Moines Partnership.
VP, Administration & Human Resources, Digi-Key Corporation
Gerarda Van Kirk
Managing Director, Accenture
Gerarda Van Kirk leads Accenture’s Talent and Organization Practice across North America for clients in consumer goods, retail, travel services, industrial and life sciences. In her 27 years with Accenture, Van Kirk has worked with many companies to address change adoption and talent in the face of business transformation and changing workforce demographics. She is an expert on future workforce models, implications of those models on HR functions and the talent opportunities for HR leadership teams.
Van Kirk has a bachelor of arts in education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and an MBA from the University of Houston.
SVP,CHRO, Polaris Industries Inc.