VP, Human Resources, U.S. Operations Shell Oil Company
Scott Ballard was appointed VP of human resources U.S. operations, Shell Oil Co., based in Houston, effective August 2014. He has had a broad HR experience since joining Shell in the U.S. as an experienced hire in 2002, holding roles in both upstream and downstream. Prior to his recent appointment, he was based in London as VP of HR for global retail. He also worked previously in the Netherlands as the VP of HR for global solutions upstream and wells in the projects and technology organization, and prior to that worked in the U.K. as the HR manager for the technical directorate in EP Europe. Previous assignments in downstream have included roles in (chemicals) manufacturing, the chemicals class of business and the corporate centers for Shell oil products U.S. and Motiva.
Ballard has a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA with a concentration in human resources.
Jeff Carr is CEO of Peoplefluent and a seasoned human capital management software executive, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the global enterprise software marketplace.
Prior to joining Peoplefluent, Carr was president of global field operations at Saba, where he had responsibility for the company's worldwide field operations, including sales, professional services, alliances and customer success. During his time at Saba, the company expanded its global business footprint dramatically through both direct sales growth and new indirect channel partnerships. Carr also oversaw a major shift from selling primarily licenses to selling SaaS subscriptions.
Carr's extensive HCM experience also includes his position at Taleo as EVP, where he helped deliver record SaaS revenues and margins and served as a key driver behind the company's go-to-market strategy and corporate direction; as well as a nine-year tenure with PeopleSoft Inc., where he ran a number of sales teams and business units and later served as a division president and then as EVP of worldwide marketing, strategy and emerging markets. During Carr's tenure, PeopleSoft went public and became one of the largest sellers of human resource management and financial software.
Carr also served as CEO of Motiva Inc. and as president of RightWorks Corporation.
Anna C. Catalano
Independent Board Director
Anna C. Catalano manages a diverse board portfolio, and serves as an independent director on the boards of Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Chemtura Corp. and Kraton Performance Polymers. In the nonprofit sector, she is a national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association, and honorary co-founder and advisory board member of the Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University.
Catalano is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding, and an outspoken champion of women in business. As group VP of marketing for BP, she was instrumental in the internal and external repositioning of the BP brand, and was a primary voice behind its “Beyond Petroleum” campaign. Having held executive positions in Asia, Europe and North America, she holds a broad perspective on the challenges of operating in a global environment.
Catalano has been recognized on Fortune Magazine’s ranking of The Most Powerful Women in International Business. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of marketing, corporate reputation and business leadership, and has advised numerous corporations on the topic of mentoring and the advancement of women in business.
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
VP, Human Resources Baker Hughes Incorporated
Didier Charreton is VP of HR for Baker Hughes Inc. Before joining Baker Hughes in 2007, Charreton served as human resources director for Coats, based in the U.K. Previously, he held a variety of positions within human resources for Schlumberger in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. Charreton earned a business degree from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce of Clermont-Ferrand and a post-graduate degree from the University of Lyon.
Melinda Scissors Conley
VP, Human Resources Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.
Melinda Conley joined Kraton from Dean Foods, a $12B, 24,000 employee food and beverage company, where she served most recently as VP of total rewards, with responsibility for compensation and benefits for the company. Prior to that role, she served as VP of HR, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources within a $9B division. Prior to Dean Foods, Conley held multiple human resource positions within the U.S. and England, with increasing responsibility at companies including Capital One Financial Corp., Monsanto Corp., AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), and Ford Motor Co. In addition, she practiced litigation at the firm of Figari & Davenport.
EVP, Human Resources, Americas Shell Oil Company
Bruce Culpepper is EVP of human resources and regional coordination for Shell in the Americas. He graduated in 1981 from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science in human resources management, and shortly thereafter began his more than 30-year career with Shell at the Norco Manufacturing Complex in Louisiana. Since then he has progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions in human resources and line management in Shell’s downstream and upstream businesses. Other positions held include: executive vice president human resources shell international E&P, vice president human resources global downstream operations, vice president human resources The Alliance Companies (joint venture between Shell, Texaco and Saudi Aramco), vice president of industrial and labor relations, general manger products pipelines, and general manager products distribution.
Culpepper is a member of the Center for Houston’s Future board of directors, board member for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, board member for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, a life member and committee volunteer for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and represents Shell with various conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited and Coastal Conversation Association.
Global HCM Strategic Advisor, HR Line of Business SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Giancarlo Davila is a strategic advisor for SuccessFactors, an SAP Company. He joined SAP with 14 years of SAP HCM and HR industry experience. His domain expertise includes HR business consulting, organizational management, HR cloud solutions, HR shared services and global payroll. Davila has worked across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He has partnered with global companies within the oil, pharmaceutical and technology industries such as Baker Hughes, Hospira, CA, McGraw Hill, J.D. Power and Standard & Poor’s.
Prior to SAP, Davila spent 10 years with NGA HR where he held positions in operations, professional services, solution engineering and global sales.
He attended the school of economics at the University of Lima in Peru.
SVP, Human Resources Goodman Global, Inc.
Kari Durham is SVP of human resources for Goodman Global, Inc., and has more than 20 years of experience in HR. Prior to her current role, Durham spent the majority of her career in the technology sector. She joined Goodman from Dell Inc., where she provided HR business partner support to the company’s global supply chain organization. During her time at Dell, she held various roles including HR leader for Dell Americas Operations.
Durham also worked for Flextronics International as VP of Americas HR. She also spent time at Solectron Corporation where she held a variety of roles including VP of human resources for the Americas region. Durham holds an MBA from The Broad Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University and also holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State.
Area Vice President Castlight Health Inc.
Bob Geist is area VP at Castlight Health Inc., where he is responsible for leading the enterprise sales team in the central U.S. Prior to joining Castlight, Geist was the VP of sales at Model N, where he held several managerial roles, culminating in the role of VP of sales for Life Sciences. He also has held several leadership positions with firms such as Oracle and Arthur Young.
Geist holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Senior Director Workforce Planning, Analytics & Systems Devon Energy Corporation
Jason George is director of human resources data, reporting and analytics and brings a background of various roles in the oil and gas industry including engineering, commercial, investment appraisal, treasury, strategic planning and workforce planning. He has a passion for transforming raw data into solid intelligence by using the analytical principles of statistics, optimization, economic modeling, investment theory, and more to transform the human capital space. George earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.
Author & Thought Leader "This Land of Strangers"
Robert Hall is a noted author and speaker on relationships. As cofounder and CEO of a 200-person international relationship management firm, he consulted for 20-plus years with major corporations on customer, employee and leadership relationships. Ernst and Young named him a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southwest and Southern Methodist University’s Cox Business School named his company one of the fastest growing private companies in Dallas. His first book, “The Streetcorner Strategy for Winning Local Markets,” is a business bestseller that helped inspire the customer relationship management movement.
He has authored more than 150 published articles and research studies on the topic of relationships and is a regular contributor to The CEO Magazine and Huffington Post. His latest book focuses on how the decline of relationships is impacting major social issues such as poverty, education, global competitiveness and political gridlock. Hall has served on Advisory Boards for the University of Texas at Dallas Graduate Management School, Sales and Marketing Management magazine and Dallas Interfaith Housing Homelessness Prevention. He currently coaches CEOs of public and private companies on issues of strategic direction, leadership and relationships.
CHRO Sonic Healthcare USA
Donna Howard is a strategic human resources executive with in-depth experience in all facets of human resources across multiple industries globally. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and improving performance measures. Other areas of focus include executive compensation, leadership training and employee development programs. Prior to joining Sonic, she was lead consultant for Ernst & Young, supporting the organization’s largest audit practice in the U.S. She has also held the senior position within financial services and retail organizations. Howard teaches the human resources certification institute course at multiple universities and has been doing so for more than 15 years.
Howard received her MBA in human resources from the University of Texas at Arlington and her BBA in finance from Texas Christian University.
VP, Industry Strategy Colorado Technical University
Cameron Jacobson serves as VP of industry strategy for Colorado Technical University. Jacobson is responsible for driving industry workforce needs into the academic strategy of the university and business-to-business marketing. As an authority on science, technology, engineering and math education, she also leads STEM strategy throughout all functional areas of CTU.
She joined CTU in 2014 following five years at Apollo Education Group and University of Phoenix, where she built educational partnerships with Fortune 500 employers, including The Boeing Co., Caterpillar Inc., Best Buy Co. and McDonald’s Corp., and was the architect of enterprise-wide business and academic strategy for the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Jacobson also teaches marketing and management courses at CTU as an adjunct faculty member.
Prior to her roles in the proprietary education industry, Jacobson spent eight years as president and CEO of her own independent marketing consulting firm, J. Group Inc. She has more than 20 years of marketing experience ranging from business strategy to marketing execution and has spearheaded new branding initiatives, new product introductions, product and corporate re-positioning, advertising and promotional campaigns, public relations, experiential marketing and digital communications.
She holds an MBA in marketing management from DePaul University and a B.A. in marketing from Michigan State University.
President, CEO & Director Albemarle Corporation
Luke Kissam is president and CEO of Albemarle Corp., a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals for a wide range of industries. Kissam was elected chief executive officer, effective 2011. He was elected to the company’s board of directors, effective 2011, and he was named president in 2013. Prior to this role, he served as president, where he managed all aspects of the company’s global business and operational activities.
Kissam joined Albemarle in 2003 as VP, general counsel and corporate secretary and served as SVP, manufacturing and law, and corporate secretary from 2008 until his promotion to president in 2010. Prior to joining Albemarle, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Merisant Co., having previously served as associate general counsel of Monsanto Co.
Kissam graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from The Citadel and magna cum laude from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law.
VP, Human Resources C&J Energy Services, Inc.
Marty Kunz joined C&J Energy Services Inc. as VP of HR in 2012. Kunz has more than 20 years of managerial and human resources experience, mostly in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining C&J, he was VP of HR for Newpark Resources and was senior director of HR for The Shaw Group Inc. in the environmental and infrastructure division. Early in his career, he was director of HR at Mustang Engineering Inc. for 11 years, where he managed the human resources function from inception through the company’s sale to The Wood Group. Kunz has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of human resources including executive consulting, compensation, benefits, employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, international HR, career development, performance management and corporate ethics and compliance.
Kunz holds a BBA degree from The University of Houston in organizational behavior and management, as well as an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in human resource development leadership, and he is certified as a senior professional in human resources. He is an active member and former board member of the HR-Houston Professional Association, as well as an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
VP, Human Resources & Administration United Space Alliance
Sherri Lee is VP of HR, communications and public relations for United Space Alliance. She is responsible for providing leadership for all human resources activities including employee relations, staffing, benefits, and awards and recognition. She also oversees all security and public relations functions including internal and external communications, marketing communications, and employee engagement.
Lee has more than 20 years of experience in numerous human resources leadership roles. Prior to her current position, Lee served as human resource director for Houston operations and the staffing process owner at United Space Alliance. She previously worked at The Boeing Co., where she served as the human resources manager. Prior to that, she worked at McDonnell Douglas.
Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/HR and a master’s degree in behavioral science/psychology from the University of Houston. She is also a graduate of Leadership Texas, a statewide women’s leadership development program. She has received her SPHR certification from the Society of Human Resources Management. Lee is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the Bay Area Human Resources Management Association.
Director, Talent & Rewards Towers Watson
Ann Manal is a director with Towers Watson’s rewards, talent management, communication and change management practice. She has extensive experience in advising companies on aligning business strategy with talent management and reward programs. Manal’s experience encompasses more than 20 years and covers engagements such as global total rewards and talent strategy and design, compensation management, short- and long-term incentive pay design, performance management, competency development, and career management. She has worked with clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has had international assignments in India and Singapore. She works across a variety of industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, professional services, retail, and many others.
Manal holds a bachelor’s in management from Golden Gate University, is a frequent speaker on talent and rewards trends and has authored numerous articles. She is also a member of WorldatWork, a Certified Compensation Professional and a Certified Insights Professional.
COO & Chief Strategy Officer Texas Medical Center
William McKeon is EVP, chief strategy officer and COO of Texas Medical Center. He is responsible for driving strategic, operational and programmatic initiatives across the Texas Medical Center’s member institutions to enhance its leadership position in the life sciences. McKeon has served as an executive for some of the leading companies and institutions in the world, including Du Pont, Stanford University Medical Center, Raytel, US Oncology, Medtronic, MicroPort (Shanghai) and Cellnovo.
McKeon has served as CEO for industry-changing companies in Shanghai, China, and London and raised over $67M in equity financing. McKeon was twice awarded the Computer World — Smithsonian Award in Medicine for innovations in cardiovascular monitoring and the automation of matching cancer patients to clinical trials.
McKeon holds a bachelor of science in legal studies from Roger Williams University and earned a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco — School of Management.
VP HCM Transformation Oracle
Christine Mellon, VP of HCM transformation at Oracle, has more than 25 years of diverse HR experience. Mellon assists Oracle clients with human capital management strategy development and implementation, compensation practices, talent development initiatives, employee engagement, global HR management, and integrated HR systems and processes that support the full employee lifecycle.
Mellon has held consulting and corporate HR roles, including CHRO positions. As CHRO for Echostar in Denver, she led HR for 6,000-plus employees in global locations, including the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia. Mellon also served as CHRO for Aepona, a startup software firm, where she established and elevated global HR practices. Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013.
Mellon spent seven years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of professional and executive HR roles. She later worked for CIGNA Group Insurance as an HR director and a regional VP of sales. Mellon additionally served as SVP of strategic sales for Right Management Consultants, an HR consulting and outplacement firm, where she worked directly with a wide range of client organizations on human capital initiatives.
Mellon received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University.
VP, Human Resources Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Roger Mosby is an energy industry veteran of more than 40 years and has served in a variety of business development, operations and administrative roles. He is currently VP of HR for Kinder Morgan and is one of the original officers of Kinder Morgan when it acquired pipeline and marine terminal assets from Enron Corp. in 1997. Kinder Morgan is a mid-stream energy company that grew from 175 employees and an enterprise value of approximately $350M when it first formed in 1997 to more than $110B in enterprise value and 11,500 employees operating in 38 states and three Canadian provinces in 2014.
Prior to Kinder Morgan, Mosby was VP at Enron Corp and its predecessors, InterNorth and Northern Natural Gas where he served in a variety of roles including international business development of gas and refined products pipelines, gas processing and chemical plant projects in North America, South America, the Middle East and China. In addition to business development assignments at Enron, he held division-level responsibilities in gas processing, gas pipeline and marine terminal operations.
Mosby has a bachelor of science from Southeast Missouri State University and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Kim Oliver, PHR
Human Capital Director Americas Mammoet
Kim Oliver is the human capital director Americas at Mammoet U.S. Oliver oversees the human capital function for North and South America providing strategic leadership for Mammoet U.S. and Mammoet Latin America with responsibility for recruitment, talent management, succession, and strategic human capital in support of the company’s regional and global initiatives. In this role Oliver reports to Just In ’t Velt, head of human capital for Mammoet Holdings, B.V. in the Netherlands. She joined Mammoet in 2012 as part of the company’s initiative to develop a best in practice human capital function, and she serves as a member of the regional leadership teams as well as a member of global human capital team.
Oliver has more than 15 years of experience in the oil and gas and engineered heavy logistics industries in a variety of roles including financial reporting, tax accounting, treasury management and HR management. Previously, she was VP of HR at CVR Energy Inc. where she structured and developed an HR team to support more than 750 employees in the domestic refining industry.
Oliver has a bachelor of arts in human resources management from Ashford University and an associate in applied science from Tompkins Cortland Community College.
SVP & CHRO CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Sue Ortenstone joined CenterPoint Energy Inc. in February of 2014 as SVP and CHRO. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Ortenstone was most recently SVP and chief administrative officer at Copano Energy, responsible for human resources, information technology, administrative services and commercial risk management. Before joining Copano, she spent more than 30 years at El Paso Corp., where she last served as EVP and chief administrative officer, responsible for HR and other functions. Additionally, Ortenstone worked for several El Paso business units in a variety of roles including CEO of EPIC Energy in Australia, president of El Paso Gas Services, and other engineering, operations and business development positions.
Ortenstone graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. She serves on the advisory board for Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the industrial advisory board in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 for the UW College of Engineering. She also serves on the board of trustees for Northwest Assistance Ministries of Houston.
VP, Human Resources DXP Enterprises, Inc.
Tracy Pawlak is VP of HR at DXP Enterprises Inc., a publicly traded industrial distribution company. She has more than 14 years’ experience as a strategic human resources professional. During her tenure, DXP has grown from 500 employees with $183M in sales to 3,500 employees with $1.3B in sales. DXP has successfully completed 18 acquisitions since 2010.
Pawlak oversees human resources including, employee relations, recruiting, benefits administration, policy development, training, safety and payroll. She also develops, implements and monitors DXP's HR integration plan for acquisitions. She champions the communication of human resources practices, processes, and programs throughout the organization including on-boarding, training and development, performance assessments, safety, health, and wellness. In this role she is responsible for strategy and delivery of employee relation programs which foster a positive employee and employer relationship to promote employee morale and productivity.
Pawlak has a bachelor of business administration degree in human resource management from Texas A&M University.
SVP & Managing Director hrQ, Inc.
Kathy Rapp is the co-owner and SVP of hrQ, an award-winning HR professional services firm focused exclusively on HR search, HR interim staffing and HR consulting. She has helped grow the company to a multimillion-dollar organization making the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for six years. In charge of the Texas market and national marketing for the firm, Rapp’s team has produced year-over-year growth of 25 percent or more. She has also held corporate HR leadership roles with Morgan Stanley, First Data and Four Seasons Hotels.
Rapp serves on the board of directors, the executive committee and chairs the HR committee for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. She served as an executive mentor for the University of Houston Bauer School and is an active member of The United Way Women’s Initiative, HR Houston and the Texas A&M Women’s Former Student Network. In addition, she is a writer blogging for Fistful of Talent, hrQ’s own hrQuips and recently for Inc.com and an oil and gas publication, WorkforceNEXT, where she also serves on the advisory board.
Rapp earned a B.A. from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Director, Human Resources City of Houston
Omar Reid is human resources director for the City of Houston and is responsible for the financial and administrative activities of the department. As the HR director, he provides guidance and initiates policies for all city departments. His focus and objective in HR is to continue as a strategic partner with other city departments in managing the city’s workforce of more than 22,000 employees. Additional areas of responsibility are HRIS, risk management (safety and worker’s compensation), citywide corporate training, benefits administration, finance and strategic design, employee and labor relations, salary and compensation, and workforce and strategic planning. Reid has implemented several major initiatives that significantly improved the services provided to the city’s workforce.
Reid earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Houston — Downtown, and an MBA from Texas Southern University. He has more than 29 years of human resources and specialized leadership/management experience. His expertise in leadership, team building, problem solving and communications have been demonstrated by his successful involvement in both business projects and community activities. He has been invited to speak or visit with leadership teams and organizations across the country. Reid is also the author of “The Traffic of Life: Characteristics of Effective Leadership.”
Dr. Robert Robbins
President & CEO Texas Medical Center
Dr. Robert Robbins became president and CEO of Texas Medical Center in 2012. Prior, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as a member of the faculty since 1993. He served as director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, of the heart-lung and lung transplantation programs and of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Laboratory. Robbins is an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon who has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure.
He served on the board of directors for two publicly traded companies, Cohesion Technologies from 2000—2003 and Cardica Inc. from 2000—2009. In 2009, he was elected to the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate board of directors and currently serves as president of the organization. He was elected to the board of trustees of Millsaps College in Mississippi in 2010.
Robbins has lectured widely and published more than 292 peer-reviewed articles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Millsaps College and medical degree from the University of Mississippi. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Mississippi and cardiothoracic training at Stanford University.
VP, Human Resources, Performance Chemicals Albemarle Corporation
Susan Shepherd is VP of HR for the performance chemicals division at Albemarle Corp., a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals for a wide range of industries. In this role, she provides global human resources leadership, management and strategic advice for the division. Shepherd joined the company in 1986 and has worked in various HR roles in Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has extensive experience in labor relations and human resources operations.
Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree from the University of Houston in Clear Lake. She is an active member in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women — Circle of Red in support of women’s heart health. The Circle of Red is a dynamic, committed and passionate group of women who have the resources to significantly impact the community by providing a personal commitment to help find a cure for heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. In addition to her involvement with AHA, Shepherd serves on the board of directors for The Emerge Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Capital Area United Way community partner agency.
President ADP - RPO
Terry Terhark serves as president of talent acquisition services and oversees ADP’s recruitment process outsourcing services, ADP recruiting management, VirtualEdge, I-9, screening and selection services, as well as AIRS Training. Prior to his current role, he served as founder and CEO of ADP RPO, which was acquired by ADP in 2011. Under his leadership, ADP RPO became the fastest growing recruitment process outsourcing firm in the industry and was recognized by key industry analysts and media for its RPO leadership and customer satisfaction.
Prior, he served as founder and CEO of Selective Staffing Inc., an innovator in recruitment process outsourcing that was acquired by Aon in 1998. He served as SVP Aon’s employment outsourcing group helping the organization significantly build its market share in the human resources outsourcing industry.
Terhark earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Findlay and was recognized in 2010 by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he was also appointed to corporate officer of ADP and is frequently featured at national conferences and industry publications. He serves on the advisory board of The University of Findlay’s School of Business and as a consultant to several startup organizations and private equity firms.
EVP, Human Resources Transfield Services Americas
Sally Vardy is EVP of HR at Transfield Services Americas, an Australian publicly listed corporation providing operations and maintenance services to the resources and industrial and infrastructure services sectors. She is responsible for HR strategy and operational excellence across the Americas, transforming HR to focus strategically on talent management and organizational capability to support top-line growth, remediation efforts and organizations’ adaptability to change. She is a consultative partner to the leadership team, responsible for driving initiatives and organizational change in the Americas to create a performance-driven culture and increase organizational effectiveness. She credits her HR team for delivering on the strategy to attract, develop and engage talent and partnering with the business leaders to build a high-performing organization.
Vardy has more than 25 years of experience as a strategic HR leader in startups to multibillion-dollar global companies in diverse industries. Her prior experiences include various HR leadership positions at Aker Solutions, Aspen Technology, Jefferson Wells (Experis), AAFES, BFI and as a core faculty member at the University of Maryland, European Division.
She holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of arts in math and art from Southwestern University.
Lori von Heyking
CHRO Rowan Companies, Inc.
Lori von Heyking is VP of human resources for Rowan Companies. Prior to joining Rowan in January 2014, she served in several key HR management positions at Halliburton, including HR senior director, completion & production, HR senior director, drilling & evaluation, and director, global compensation. She also previously served as VP of HR, enterprise sales, at Hewlett-Packard. von Heyking holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.
CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions
Richard Wolfe is co-founder and CEO of Empyrean Benefit Solutions. Wolfe has more than 20 years of senior-level management experience with expertise in business-process outsourcing, benefits administration and systems implementation.
Prior to his current position, Wolfe was senior operations director and principal with Mercer HR services, where he was responsible for solution architecture and delivering services to large outsourcing clients. He also served as senior director at Synhrgy HR technologies, where he provided significant business operation and product-development leadership. Wolfe also implemented services for large outsourcing clients as senior implementation manager at Hewitt Associates.
Wolfe holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance and economics from The University of Pittsburgh.