Vice President, HCM Transformation Practice Oracle
Mike Bollinger has more than 25 years of business, HCM and technology experience. His work at Oracle includes developing the HCM value consulting content, value-analysis tools and management of a national value consulting practice. He also worked at SAP for seven years in their HCM center of excellence. Bollinger is formally trained and certified in a number of disciplines including human capital strategy, strategic workforce planning, value engineering and business process transformation.
Prior to joining SAP in 2001, he served in several corporate roles including CIO, staff development manager, HCM/payroll project manager and MIS director working in the education, services and distribution industries. His areas of expertise include HCM strategy, analytics, talent development and education, shared services, HRMS/payroll, finance, procurement, planning, and budgeting.
Bollinger is active in local hometown service as a school board commissioner and city administrative review board member.
CAO Mayo Clinic
Jeffrey W. Bolton is the VP of administration and chief administrative officer for Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Mayo Clinic board of trustees and serves as secretary for the Mayo Clinic board of governors. In collaboration with the president and CEO of Jeffrey W. Bolton is the VP of administration and chief administrative officer for Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Mayo Clinic board of trustees and serves as secretary for the Mayo Clinic board of governors. In collaboration with the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic, he coordinates overall institutional strategy and stewardship of Mayo resources. He oversees operations of Mayo Clinic’s $10B, 60,000 employee, physician-led healthcare system that treats more than a million people each year. He also oversees Mayo Clinic’s MMSI, a 230,000 member third-party administrator, and Health Traditions, a 36,300 member health maintenance organization.
Bolton previously served as the CFO for Mayo Clinic from 2002—2013, where he fostered strategic alliances and business development, global business solutions, Mayo Clinic ventures, treasury and investment services, corporate accounting and external reporting, financial planning and analysis, patient financial services, supply chain, risk financing, contractor and payer relations and internal audit.
Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, he held various finance-related positions at Carnegie Mellon University, including VP for business and planning and CFO; the University of Pittsburgh; and the City of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his MSW and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Author & Thought Leader Strategic Thinking
Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author on strategy. A former chief strategy officer and professor of strategy, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help leaders build their team's strategic capabilities.
Horwath has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook “Strategy in the 21st Century” as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management for his thought leadership. Horwath has spoken to leaders at world-class companies and has been ranked the No. 1 speaker on strategy and innovation at national conferences.
Horwath is the author of six books, including, “Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking,” “Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy” and “Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want.”
Horwath’s innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings including group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic counsel. Horwath earned an MBA with distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
CISO Mayo Clinic
Jim Nelms is CISO for the Mayo Clinic and a leading information security and risk management practitioner with a broad experience in all aspects of creating, transforming and sustaining architectures for protecting organizations and their information assets. A qualified, tenured professional, he has experience in the technical trenches as well as in the boardroom with a focus in the banking and finance sector both domestic and international.
Nelms has expertise in enterprise-wide security technologies. He is responsible for risk assessment for business processes, applications and systems, and technical staff and power team development. Nelms is also experienced with identity and access management, secure web design and development, regulatory compliance, and policy and standards design.
Nelms was CISO at The World Bank from 1998-2013 where he focused on treasury and global operations. He also spent time as chief technical officer at MindIQ, and prior to that was director of programming and operations for Stanley Tools.
VP, Global Talent Management & Development Carlson
Mary Plunkett is VP of global talent management and development, where she is responsible for talent and performance management, resourcing, leadership development and organizational capability.
Plunkett was most recently the global director of people and organizational development at Heineken. With more than 20 years of talent and organizational development experience, she has also held senior leadership positions at Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. and BP.
Plunkett has more than 18 years experience in the field of leadership and organization development including roles with The Boeing Company, Ernst & Young LLP and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company. Mary also served as an adjunct professor in the organizational behavior department at Seattle Pacific University.
Plunkett holds a doctorate in organizational psychology, a master's degree in applied experimental psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Louis University.
Nico Pronk, Ph.D., M.A.
VP, Health Management & Chief Science Officer HealthPartners, Inc.
Nico Pronk is VP for health management and chief science officer at HealthPartners. In his role, Pronk is focused on improving population health with practical programs and solutions that may be applied to the workplace and clinical and community settings. He supports the development of new models to improve health at the research, practice and policy levels.
Pronk is a member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences. He holds an adjunct faculty position as professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a visiting professor in the department of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
He is widely published in both scientific and practice literature and is a national and international speaker on population health and health promotion. Pronk received his doctorate degree in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Corrine D. Ricard
SVP, Human Resources The Mosaic Company
Corrine Ricard was named SVP of human resources in April 2012. Previously, Ricard held other leadership positions at The Mosaic Company including VP of International sales and distribution, VP of business development, and VP of supply chain and risk management. Ricard has more than 25 years of agriculture experience.
Prior to Mosaic, Ricard worked for Cargill in various roles including risk management, supply chain and commodity trading. Ricard earned her bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Minnesota, an MBA in strategic planning from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. Ricard is currently on the board of Day Break Foods and the Freshwater Society. She is a member of the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable, National Association of corporate directors, Women Corporate Directors and C200.
Chair of Human Resources Mayo Clinic
Ken Schneider assumed his current role in 1998. He has responsibility for all HR services for the Rochester campus of 32,000 employees, oversight for HR in the Mayo Health System consisting of 14,000 employees, as well as corporate-wide responsibility for HR’s recruitment strategies, workforce research and analysis sections, and the employee service center. Schneider began his HR career at Rochester Methodist Hospital in 1978 holding several HR positions prior to Mayo Clinic’s acquisition in 1986. Following the acquisition, Schneider served as a HR Director and an Internal Employee and Labor Consultant for Mayo Clinic.
Schneider has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Western Illinois University and is certiﬁed as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resource Management.
VP, Human Resources HealthPartners, Inc.
Liz Swanson is VP of human resources at HealthPartners. In this role, Swanson is responsible for numerous human resource disciplines including workforce staffing, workforce analysis, benefits, employee wellness, compensation, human resource information systems, leadership development and human resource operations. Additionally, Swanson spends time devoted to initiatives focused on patient/member experience and organizational culture. Swanson is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts.
SVP, Human Resources Ag Processing Inc
Duke Vair is SVP of human resources at Ag Processing Inc. Vair has more than 25 years of varied experience in human resources management from employers such as Hormel Foods Corporation, Southeast Community College, Adesta Communications and Leo A. Daly Company.
He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he studied business administration and operations management. He also holds an AAS degree in computer science from Metropolitan Community College. Vair is a member of the Human Resources of the Midlands and has earned Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.
Chairman & CEO Polaris Industries Inc.
Scott Wine is the chairman and CEO of Polaris Industries Inc., the $3.2B market leader in off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. He joined the company in 2008 after serving as the president of Fire Safety Americas, a division of United Technologies, from 2007—2008.
Prior to that, Wine held senior leadership positions at Danaher Corporation from 2003—2007, serving as president of its Jacob Vehicle Systems and Veeder-Root subsidiaries. From 1996—2003, Wine held various international and domestic posts with Honeywell’s aerospace division. He received an economics degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 and served as a naval supply officer until 1996, beginning onboard the USS Lewis B. Puller and concluding at the Pentagon.
He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. Wine serves on the boards of Polaris Industries Inc., Terex Corporation and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Wine was recently honored as the 2014 Executive of the Year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.