SVP, Human Resources Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Elisabeth Baldock comes to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with more than 20 years of experience as a human resources leader in a variety of fields, including health care. Prior to her position at Cincinnati Children’s, she was the SVP of Human Resources and Learning at the Midland Company/American Modern Insurance Group, a position she held for 10 years. She previously has served as a consultant for the Hay Group, a Human Resources planning and development practice, and as VP of Human Resource Development and Learning at Catholic Health Care Partners.
A graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts, Baldock received her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She is Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Greater Cincinnati American Red Cross. She serves as an executive mentor at Xavier University, and has served as a community advisor on the Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees at Cincinnati Children’s since 2001.
Kathleen S. Barclay
SVP, Human Resources The Kroger Co.
Kathleen Barclay is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for The Kroger Co., where she leads all aspects of Human Resources, including leadership development, talent management, associate engagement, compensation, healthcare and benefit programs for Kroger’s 334,000 associates. Barclay champions Kroger’s Customer 1st philosophy and believes Kroger’s ultimate success with customers depends on the engagement of all of its associates. She and her entire team support Kroger’s people strategy: “Our People Are Great.”
Prior to joining Kroger, Barclay had a 28-year career with General Motors Corp. where she held positions of increasing responsibility. During the last 11 years of her career with GM, she led the automaker’s global Human Resources organization and was responsible for all aspects of employee development and leadership.
She currently serves as a board member for the Human Resource Policy Association and is a director of the National Academy of Human Resources, which she was inducted into in 2000. Previously, she served as a board member for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and is a past President of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. She also has served as a board member of the Henry Ford Health Care System in Detroit.
Barclay is a three-time recipient of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women and has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s HR Honor Roll.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Director, Center for Leadership & Executive Development University of Dayton
Lisa Beutel is the Director of the University of Dayton Center for Leadership & Executive Development. She has been at UD CLED since 2001, after spending two years as Client Services Director at a marketing and advertising firm and serving as UD’s Sports Marketing Manager. She is certified Corporate Athlete facilitator and is certified to administer a number of leadership assessment instruments, including the Myers Briggs Type Instrument, Mentoring Style Indicator, Personnel Decisions International executive assessments’ and the Lominger Architect Suite assessments.
She received a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University, an M.A. in Education from the University of Akron, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton.
Director, Human Resources Elkhart General Healthcare System
Lola Brysz has been the Director of Human Resources at Elkhart General Hospital for seven years. With more than 20 years of experience, Brysz’s work has focused on employee relations, compensation, benefits, employment, leadership development and wellness. She has worked in both profit and not-for-profit organizations in Chicago and Minneapolis. Brysz is a regular speaker on the topic of Wellness and other Human Resource topics at local, regional and national events.
Brysz has served on the Board of several professional organizations and has been the President of the Indiana Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ISHHRA).
She holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and Political Science from St. Mary of-the-Woods College and will earn her M.B.A from Indiana University in 2011.
Chairman and CEO The Kroger Co.
David Dillon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kroger Co. An employer of 334,000 associates serving customers in more than 3,600 supermarkets, convenience and jewelry stores under two dozen names. Kroger also operates 40 food-processing plants.
Dillon has served in a variety of leadership roles since joining the Dillon Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver. During his career, he served in various positions with Fry’s Food Stores and with the Dillon Companies prior to being named President of Dillon Companies in 1986. He was appointed EVP of Kroger in 1990, was elected President and CEO of the company in 1995, and was named CEO of Kroger in 2003.
Dillon is a member of the board of directors of DIRECTV. He also serves on the board of trustees for the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the board of trustees for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, the board of trustees for the University of Kansas Endowment, the Board of Bethesda, Inc. and the Board of Catalyst.
Dillon holds a B.S. in business from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
VP Human Resources CareerBuilder
Rosemary Haefner is VP of Human Resources for CareerBuilder.com, the nation’s largest online job site with more than 23 million unique visitors and 1.6 million jobs. Responsible for developing and implementing global strategies for employee engagement, talent management, organizational design, recruiting and benefits, Haefner also conducts research on recruitment trends and tactics, job-seeker behavior, workplace issues, employee attitudes and HR initiatives.
Drawing from more than 15 years of HR experience and research, Haefner is an employment expert who regularly speaks for national media outlets on the state of the job market, hiring practices and other workplace issues. She received the 2008 American Business Award for ‘Human Resource Executive of the Year’, and under her leadership, CareerBuilder has received numerous awards including BusinessWeek’s ‘Best Places to Launch a Career 2007’, ‘Top 25 Best Places to Work in Chicago’ by Chicago Magazine and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s ‘Atlanta’s Best Places to Work 2006’.
Before joining CareerBuilder.com, Haefner managed a regional employee services team for RCN Corporation, served as VP of Human Resources for AGENCY.COM and Senior Human Resources Consultant at McGladrey & Pullen.
She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
President & CEO SIRVA, Inc.
Wes Lucas was named SIRVA, Inc. CEO and board member in 2008. A seasoned executive with experience in a variety of C-suite roles at global Fortune 500 corporations as well as small, private companies, Lucas is widely known for his ability to drive company growth through the development of enhanced execution capabilities and delivery of superior customer value.
From 2001 — 2006, Lucas served as Chairman, CEO and President of Sun Chemical, the world’s largest color company with 300 operating plants and approximately $4B in annual sales. Prior to this, he served as co-chairman of Kodak Polychrome, a joint venture between Kodak and the world’s largest provider of imaging equipment and materials for commercial media. Previous significant leadership roles also include serving as CEO and President of Quebecor World, a $6B printing services company; President of Sytrenics Nova Chemicals, a leader in plastics and materials; VP of AlliedSignal, a multi-billion dollar industrial company; and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Lucas holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of California, Berkeley and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Retired CEO, The Berry Company & Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Executive Development University of Dayton
Prior to the publication of his book, 10 Truths About Leadership…It’s Not Just About Winning, Pete Luongo was President and CEO of the Berry Company — a $1.5B yellow page advertising agency. Since his retirement, Luongo has devoted himself to giving back through his book, speaking engagements, board memberships and by serving as Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Executive Development at the University of Dayton where he also serves as an adjunct professor teaching leadership at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Luongo has been fortunate to work with more than 200 companies, collegiate athletic programs and numerous other organizations sharing his behavior-driven model ‘The Leadership Pledge.’ Developed during Luongo’s tenure at Berry, ‘The Leadership Pledge’, focuses on people, support, expectations, feedback and accountability. Coaching and inspiring leadership at all organizational levels is his passion and his message will move and inspire you.
VP, Talent Management, Corporate Human Resources The Kroger Co.
Tim Massa is VP of Corporate Human Resources for The Kroger Company. He leads all talent management areas across the company, including recruiting, organization design, learning and development, leadership and talent development, performance management, and associate engagement.
Prior to joining Kroger in 2010, Massa served in numerous HR leadership positions for 21 years at Procter & Gamble. This included nine relocations across the U.S. and three years based in central Europe. He has an extensive global HR generalist background in leadership development, performance management, strategy development and employee engagement and inclusion.
Massa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The University of Dayton in 1989. He is a member of the College of Mt. St. Joseph Board of Trustees, University of Dayton Champions and Scholars Program, HR for HR Executives Summit, Tickets for Kids Charities. Previously he was a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, while living in Warsaw, Poland, HR Consultant to the Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, and a United Way Campaign member while working at Proctor &Gamble.
VP, Human Resources Elkhart General Healthcare System
Kurt Meyer began with Elkhart General Hospital in 1991. Previously, he was Human Resources Manager for Carborundum, Personnel and Organizational Consultant for Marion Laboratories in Kansas City, Human Resources Generalist with Frito-Lay in Chicago and Detroit, and Employment Manager with Brokaw Hospital in Bloomington. Meyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Ball State University and his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Labor and Industrial Relations. He was an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Notre Dame Business School for nine years, past President of Work Force Development Services, Michiana SHRM, ISHHRA, and the Elkhart county DARE Organization.
Director, CareSource University CareSource
Jaclyn Smith is a learning and performance professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of organizations and industries in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, Smith is Director of CareSource University at CareSource, a Medicaid managed care organization. She oversees corporate learning, organizational development, and succession planning as well as the company’s performance management processes.
Her prior experience includes running her own learning and performance firm, as well as working as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant, Regional Human Resources Manager, Training Specialist and Customer Service Manager in the financial services, retail and transportation industries.
Her educational background includes a degree in Education from Miami University, Ohio and Luxembourg. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch McGregor and a certified facilitator in a variety of training and development programs, organizational assessments and Myers-Briggs profiling. She enjoys leading business teams into developing countries where they teach business principles and provide consulting services for local leaders.
Thought Leader & Author Reality-Based Leadership
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic, well-respected national keynote speaker with an uncanny ability to quickly diagnose group interplay and tailor strategies to exactly fit the goals of the client organization. She is a well-known thought leader and is featured as an expert blogger for Fastcompany.com. She is also a contributing author or featured expert to a variety of magazines, newspapers and online publications including Pink Magazine, Women’s Health and The New York Post. Her book, Reality Based Leadership is receiving rave reviews across the nation.
Wakeman has a unique background, which combines four successful business start-ups with 18 years working and consulting in a variety of arenas; including manufacturing, government, high-tech and healthcare. With expertise in leadership and change management principles, she has ensured the business-readiness for multi-million dollar ERP and IT project implementations, created and implemented management development programs, provided executive coaching and conducted business process re-engineering.
Wakeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and a degree in Social Work. She also received her M.S. in Health Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Development.
VP, Human Resources & Corporate Services The Standard
Karen Weisz joined The Standard in 2008 as the VP of HR and Corporate Services. Before joining The Standard, Weisz worked for Intel Corporation for more than 12 years where she held progressively senior management roles in HR and learning and organizational development, including overseeing Intel University. She serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics Oregon and is a founding member of the Portland Public Schools Special Education PTA. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz where she holds a B.S. in Psychology and Literature and holds an M.S. in Educational Policy and Administration from Portland State University.
Michael A. Womack, Esq.
VP, Human Resources Cintas Corporation
Michael A. Womack was named VP of Human Resources at Cintas Corporation in 2006. He is responsible for all company-wide human resources matters including employment practices, labor relations, training, development, succession planning, recruiting, staffing, diversity, compensation and benefits. Womack joined Cintas in 2003 and served as Cintas’ VP and Deputy General Counsel — Labor and Employment and was responsible for the company’s policies, administration and litigation of labor and employment matters.
He began his professional career practicing labor and employment law at the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox and Dunn in Columbus. In 2000, Womack joined the national labor and employment law firm of Littler Mendelson where he became a shareholder. In 2008 he was named as one the Top Attorneys in Ohio.
Womack is a graduate of Central Michigan University where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Political Science. He is also a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he was a member of the ABA Moot Court Team and earned the ‘Best Advocate’ award for the National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition.
Practice Leader Towers Watson
Adam Zuckerman leads the Towers Watson organizational surveys and insights practice for the Americas. For nearly 15 years, he has worked with clients to better understand and improve their organizational cultures. His thoughts on organizational culture and performance have been featured in several popular and industry media, including, Bloomberg Television, The Chicago Tribune, The Arizona Daily Star, WBBM radio, HR.com, People Dynamics Magazine and Pharmaceutical Executive among others.
Prior to joining Towers Watson, Zuckerman taught Psychology, Social Research Methods and Statistics at New York University. He also conducted empirical research on a diverse range of topics, including attitude formation and change and interpersonal influences on coping with stress. His research on these topics has been published in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality Social Psychology and Psychology and Marketing.
Zuckerman received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University in the field of Social Psychology with a concentration in Statistics. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Academy of Management and the Society for Human Resource Management.