Director, Human Resources Service Delivery The Mosaic Company
Jaynie Atanasoff is the director of human resources service delivery at The Mosaic Company, where she is responsible for HR’s enterprise-wide technology strategy and overall effectiveness of HR processes.
Atanasoff implemented a new service delivery model that better serves company needs, including in-sourcing payroll, benefits and HRIS administration and implementing Workday at the core. Atanasoff has more than 18 years of experience managing large HR program implementations and bringing cost effective solutions to meet internal customer needs.
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 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.
CHRO Essentia Health
Diane Davidson has been with Essentia Health since 2008, and is responsible for leading human resources for 12,800 employees, including 1,500 physicians and credentialed practitioners whose mission is to provide high quality care while making patients feel known and understood. Since 2010, she has led the creation of an Essentia-wide human resources function — standardizing programs, benefits and policies, and consolidating functions to enhance the delivery experience for all employees. Davidson’s responsibilities include oversight of 42 collective bargaining agreements, including 11 with USW Local 9460 covering approximately 2,200 East region employees.
Previously, Davidson was VP of human resources/organization development of Christian Hospital, a member of the BJC HealthCare System. Prior to her work at BJC, she held senior level human resource positions at Panera Bread Company and Bank of America. Davidson possesses expertise in all human resources functions, with emphasis in organizational transformation, proactive employee relations, balanced scorecards and Lean Six Sigma. Davidson received J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Information Security Manager Mayo Clinic
JoEllen Frain is the information security manager, responsible for the information security behavior management program for Mayo Clinic. In this role, Frain is responsible for overall design, development and management of Mayo's information security behavior management program and staff. This includes thought leadership and innovative approaches toward integrating security awareness, organizational and personal change management, education, training, and employee/organizational behavior change related to use of electronic resources in personal, professional and organizational uses.
Frain joined Mayo Clinic in 1999 and has served in various capacities within human resources prior to joining the office of information security. As the leader of the training solutions team under the office of leadership and organization development, Frain refocused the team’s efforts and alignments to better serve the organization in terms of computer productivity and EMR training. Prior, Frain was a senior human resources service partner for several areas across Mayo. Frain has been involved with several large and complex projects and has established herself as a valued and trusted strategic partner with senior leaders, colleagues and business clients.
Frain has a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict in communication and sociology and is pursuing her M.A. in organizational leadership from Bethel University.
SVP & CHRO Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Loren Heeringa is SVP and CHRO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a $14B Fortune 194, food and agribusiness company. Heeringa has more than 30 years of human resources and change management experience in multiple companies and industries. Prior to Land O’Lakes, he was vice president of human resources at Honeywell International’s global core business and vice president of human resources at the University of St. Thomas.
Heeringa has a B.A. in psychology from Hamline University in Saint Paul and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Karen Ho, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology University of Minnesota
Karen Ho is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her research centers on understanding and analyzing the culture of finance and financial institutions; its impact on corporate America; as well as on broader norms of work, employment and insecurity. Her domain of interest is the anthropology of economy, broadly conceived, with specific foci on finance, capitalism, globalization, corporations and socioeconomic inequality.
Ho’s ethnography, “Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street,” is based on three years of fieldwork among investment bankers and major financial institutions and has won two honorable mentions from the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Recent publications include “Outsmarting Risk: From Bonuses to Bailouts,” “Finance and Morality,” and “Corporate Nostalgia: Managerial Capitalism from a Contemporary Perspective.”
Her current research project examines the changing understandings and practices of corporate and financial risk over the past 30 years.
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.
VP, Human Resources & Administration AgriBank, FCB
Pat Jones is VP of human resources and administration for AgriBank FCB. She joined AgriBank in 2010 and is responsible for human resources, communications, meetings, and travel and facilities management.
Jones began her career with Terra Industries in Sioux City in 1983 and held a number of human resources-related positions until the retail division was sold to Agriliance LLC. She joined Agriliance LLC and developed an HR organization for the newly formed joint venture in 2000. In 2007, when Land O’Lakes and CHS dissolved the joint venture, Jones joined Syngenta, where she supported various groups including the corn and soy sales and marketing groups, as well as all NAFTA research and product development functions.
Jones completed her undergraduate degree in business administration from Briar Cliff University, her MBA from the University of South Dakota and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in organization development from the University of Minnesota.
Principal Security Architect U.S. Bank
As a senior security architect, Mike Kearn is responsible for analyzing and assessing information technology products and services. He is an information security subject matter expert supporting various businesses within the bank, and is the information security officer for the Consumer Banking division. Kearn brings more than 14 years of IT experience to his current role. Prior to joining U.S. Bank in 2012, he held several positions with Wells Fargo & Company, including roles as an IT auditor and VP of information security.
Kearn is a member of the Minnesota InfraGard Alliance where he served as chairman and cybersecurity lead for the group’s intelligence committee until 2012. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Law Enforcement Academy where he continues to serve on their alumni organization’s advisory board. He has also been a featured presenter to several government agencies, including law enforcement and military personnel, on various information security topics.
Kearn graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in international economics. He is a CISSP and holds the Information Assessment Methodology certification issued by the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Agency.
VP & Global Lead, Talent Acquisition SuccessFactors, an SAP Company
Together with the SAP talent acquisition leadership team, Mike Leary is responsible for delivering a comprehensive internal and external talent acquisition strategy and implementing efficient, scalable processes and technologies. Leary has been part of SuccessFactors for almost seven years, and the global VP recruiting for the last three years. Having held leadership roles with Salesforce, Symantec, and Oracle, Leary brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge.
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.
Mary Plunkett, Ph.D.
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.
Carol Surface, Ph.D.
SVP & CHRO Medtronic, Inc.
Carol Surface joined Medtronic as SVP and CHRO in 2013. In her role, Surface leads Medtronic’s worldwide human resources strategy. Her key focus areas include enterprise talent management and succession planning, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, executive compensation, and organizational effectiveness for Medtronic’s 46,000 employees worldwide.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Surface served as EVP and CHRO at Best Buy Co. Inc., the largest retailer of consumer technology products and services. Surface also spent 10 years at PepsiCo, holding a series of HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including chief personnel officer for PepsiCo International. She has lived and worked in Asia, the Middle East, as well as the U.S. Surface also brings early career experience from other businesses and industries, including Kmart and Dow Chemical, where she completed an internship as a doctoral candidate.
Surface earned both a master's degree and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University. She serves on the board of directors at the Walker Art Center and is a member of the HR Policy Association, The Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists and the Conference Board HR Council. She has also published in professional and academic journals, such as Psychological Assessment and Advances in Developing Human Resources.
VP, Human Resources HealthPartners, Inc.
Liz Swanson is VP of human resources at HealthPartners. In this role, Swanson is responsible for numerous human resources disciplines including workforce staffing, workforce analysis, benefits, employee wellness, compensation, human resources information systems, leadership development and human resources 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.
VP, Human Resources Polaris Industries Inc.
James Williams was named VP of human resources at Polaris Industries Inc. in 2011. Prior to joining Polaris, Williams spent five years as VP of human resources for Cooper Industries. Between 2005 and 2006, he served as the VP of human resources for Danaher Corp. Before that, Williams held various executive positions of increasing responsibility with Honeywell Inc. from 1995 to 2005. Williams has also held a number of posts in human resources with Monsanto and General Motors Corp.
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.