SVP, Human Resources PNC Financial Services Group
Sharon Brunecz is a senior vice president and human resources business partner for PNC Financial Services Group and has overall human resources responsibility for the retail banking, residential mortgage banking, technology and operations businesses. In this role, Brunecz partners with business leaders to define human capital strategies that drive business outcomes with a focus on enhancing employee engagement, talent development and diversity for more than 40,000 employees. She has more than 20 years of human resources experience and joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation in 2008. Prior to joining National City in 1998, Brunecz was a consulting actuary with Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting firm. She is a member of PNC’s Management Committee and an executive sponsor of the Disability Awareness Employee Business Resource Group. She also serves on the board for Three Rivers Workforce Investment.
Brunecz has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science from Pennsylvania State University.
VP, Strategic Marketing Ricoh Americas Corporation
Terrie Campbell is a veteran of the document and IT industry with focus on designing solutions that enable customers to have more effective and secure use of critical business information.
Currently, Campbell is vice president of strategic marketing for Ricoh Americas Corporation, and is responsible for the strategy, direction and execution for Ricoh’s Managed Document Services approach, as well as key vertical marketing strategies and programs for both direct and dealer channels. She focuses on solutions that address post-recession challenges of today's working environment. These challenges include generational workforce behavior, mobile and remote user collaboration, secure data access and shifting corporate dynamics.
Campbell is also the global lead for the development of tools and processes to ensure consistent execution of Ricoh Managed Document Services around the world. Previously, she served as vice president, Managed Document Services for Ricoh USA. She was vice president, Management Services Operations for 10 years at IKON, including a special focus on service delivery and customer satisfaction for their on-site managed services. In her career with IKON, Campbell was promoted through the organization beginning at the site level in operations, progressively moving through area management, regional roles and national leadership opportunities.
Vice President, HCM Business Transformation Practice Oracle
Cara Capretta has more than 20 years of internal and external experience in HR and is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the field of talent management. She assists Oracle clients in thinking through their talent management priorities including alignment of talent strategies to business plans, integrated HR practices that support the employee life cycle, competency-based human resources applications, and the design and rollout of enterprise-wide succession planning processes.
Capretta is the former president and COO of Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry Company. During her tenure there, she co-authored several books and product lines including “FYI for Teams,” “FYI for Talent” and “The Interview Architect.” Prior to working in the consulting and commercial product arena, she was a human resources executive at Nationwide Insurance for 13 years where she was responsible for enterprise-wide leadership development and succession planning efforts for more than 20,000 employees. She also has experience as an HR generalist.
SVP & Chief Diversity Officer Lincoln Financial Group
Senior Vice President Allison Green is the chief diversity officer for Lincoln Financial Group. In this role she is responsible for diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation and oversight of the company’s diversity and inclusion practices influencing the workplace, marketplace and the communities in which Lincoln Financial operates.
Green joined Lincoln Financial from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where she served as corporate director of diversity. She has more than 20 years of corporate and management consulting experience and an extensive background in human resources. She began her corporate career at State Farm Insurance, followed by positions at The Hay Group, Advanta Corporation and Vanguard.
Green earned her B.A. in psychology at Spelman College and her M.A. in counseling psychology at Howard University. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Urban League of Philadelphia and National Diversity Council, Pennsylvania Chapter.
CFO Philadelphia Eagles
Frank Gumienny was named chief financial officer for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 after spending 14 seasons with the team, including four seasons as the vice president of finance. In his current role, Gumienny manages daily financial operations for the Philadelphia Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field. He oversees accounting, ticketing, human resources, information technology, merchandising and travel operations for the team.
Gumienny began his career as a senior associate at PwC before the Eagles hired him as an accountant. He was promoted to the team’s controller before becoming director of finance.
A Philadelphia native, Gumienny attended St. Joseph’s University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Today he plays a major role on the school’s sports marketing advisory board.
VP, Employment Branding CareerBuilder
Keith Hadley has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations define and align vision, culture and strategy to become healthy and grow. He launched his career consulting with RSM McGladrey in Paris, Frankfurt and Chicago. In McGladrey’s Strategic Planning Group, he led client projects focused on growth by integrating marketing, business development and organizational culture. He continues to focus on talent management with roles in learning and development and talent acquisition.
Hadley has worked extensively in manufacturing, nonprofit, education, professional services, and both traditional and emerging media. Today Hadley leads CareerBuilder’s employment branding practice, building research-based brands and launching them across an increasingly complex and fragmented digital media environment. He works with large and small businesses alike with a passion to see them attract and retain the people they need to be successful.
Hadley earned his undergraduate degree in history and French from Baylor University and his MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago with an emphasis in organizational development.
Sr. Vice-President, Human Resources Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.
Ken Hurley is the senior vice president of human resources for Penske Truck Leasing and manages the company's relationship with its associates. His global responsibilities include compensation, benefits administration, labor and associate relations, human resource information systems, training, leadership, organizational development, regulatory compliance, staffing and recruiting.
Hurley began his career with Penske in 2004 as vice president of labor relations. Prior to joining Penske, he practiced law as a management-side labor and employment attorney. He also worked for Kindred Healthcare, a nationwide healthcare provider with more than 50,000 employees, as corporate director of labor and employee relations.
Hurley is a graduate of St. Louis University, holding a B.S. in political science, and also of Washington University School of Law, where he obtained his J.D.
Dr. Joseph Nicholson
VP & National Medical Director, Employer & Payor Relations Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc.
Joseph M. Nicholson is the vice president and national medical director, employer and payor relations, for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center.
Previously, Dr. Nicholson served at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma in several roles, including medical director of medical services, vice president of healthcare management and chief medical officer.
Dr. Nicholson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to complete his medical degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
During college and prior to medical school, Dr. Nicholson was commissioned as a United States Army officer, and he served as detachment commander for the 203rd combat engineers with time spent in Honduras and Panama. Dr. Nicholson completed his internship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center and was chief of emergency medicine at Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Upon leaving the military, Dr. Nicholson completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Oklahoma.
Director, Human Resources Philadelphia Eagles
Kristie Pappal serves as the director of human resources with the Philadelphia Eagles, providing comprehensive human resources leadership while ensuring a positive and productive work environment. She also provides strategic direction and oversees policy development, recruiting, employee relations, benefits, compensation and organizational development/training. In addition, she is involved in the team’s environmental initiatives through its “Go Green!” program.
Pappal came to the Eagles from Town Sports International (TSI), the parent company of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington Sports Clubs, where she was the director of human resources. During her five year tenure there, she was promoted twice and oversaw 51 fitness clubs’ human resources functions. Prior to working with TSI, she was the human resources representative for Iron Mountain.
Pappal holds a bachelor of science in labor and industrial relations and a minor in psychology from Penn State University and is SPHR certified.
SVP, CHRO Genesis HealthCare Corporation
Jeanne Phillips has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare management in a variety of operational roles including clinical program development and management, regional multi-site management, government relations and litigation management. With more than 15 years in long term and sub-acute healthcare she has focused on employee engagement and communication, talent acquisition and development, employee safety, labor relations and compensation and benefits. She has been with Genesis HealthCare since 2004 and has led an exceptional HR team committed to attracting and retaining the very best caregivers. Most recently, Phillips led the integration process for an acquisition that doubled Genesis HealthCare, increasing the organization’s workforce to 80,000 employees in 46 states.
Previously, Phillips worked in executive management with two other healthcare companies. She has international experience in government program development and management, primarily in the healthcare sector in Southeast Asia.
VP, Human Resources & Administration Teva Pharmaceuticals - Americas
Laura Queen has worked in human resources for more than 19 years, developing specialties in learning, organizational development, international policy development, and systems implementation. As vice president of human resources and administration at Teva Pharmaceuticals, her responsibilities range from employee relations, training and talent acquisition to mergers and acquisitions integration, corporate security and occupational health. Queen has held various positions in finance and program administration in both the public and private sectors, and is currently a doctoral candidate in human and organizational learning at George Washington University. Queen is a member of the advisory board for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association and is a recent recipient of the HBA's Rising Star Award.
Diversity and Inclusion Officer Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Tommy Shi is the diversity and inclusion officer for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA). In this capacity he provides the strategic direction, development and implementation of the company-wide diversity and inclusion strategy. This broad-based responsibility embraces marketing, human resources, dealer network, purchasing, and learning and performance activities at MBUSA.
Shi has been with the MBUSA team for 19 years, previously serving as a counsel in the legal department. Prior to MBUSA, as an associate at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, he worked on commercial litigation and transactional matters.
Shi is president of the board of directors for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a corporate advisory board member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and he serves on the Leadership Advisory Council of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
A graduate of the Boston College Law School, Shi also holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
SVP, Human Resources Ricoh Americas Corporation
Donna Venable was named senior vice president of human resources for Ricoh U.S. in 2009 and expanded her role to Ricoh Americas Corporation the following year. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing HR activities for all Ricoh Americas locations, including employee relations, organizational vitality, diversity, learning and development, health, welfare, and retirement benefit plans.
Prior to this role, Venable served as senior vice president of human resources for IKON Office Solutions, a Ricoh company. She has more than 14 years of HR experience with IKON and 22 total years managing HR functions. She also served as vice president of human resources shared services, where she led IKON’s compensation, benefits, systems and programs teams. She also held field HR roles at IKON. Prior to her tenure with IKON, Venable held HR roles with Doubletree Hotels and Guest Quarters Hotels.
Venable is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Author & Thought Leader
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 that 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 multimillion-dollar ERP and IT project implementations. She created 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 an M.S. in health administration with an emphasis on organizational development.
Jamie B. Welsh
Corporate Director, Human Resources Universal Health Services, Inc.
Jamie B. Welsh is the corporate director of human resources at Universal Health Services. He joined UHS in 1999 following its acquisition of Hospital Group of America.
Welsh is responsible for corporate HR operations and training and development. He also has responsibility for the HR operations team that provides corporate guidance and consultative support for the 228 UHS subsidiaries and their approximate 68,000 employees. In the training and development arena, he oversees the corporate training initiatives offered throughout the organization. Welsh previously served as a regional director of HR for UHS Mid-Atlantic Region and in such facility-based positions as director of HR and assistant administrator.
Welsh has a master’s degree from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
SVP, HR Metrics and Analytics PNC Financial Services Group
Jay Wilkinson is the senior vice president of HR metrics and analytics for PNC Financial Services Group. He oversees a team that enables people decisions to be data driven and focused on PNC business outcomes. The team partners and collaborates with all HR functions at PNC while also serving as a central resource for people reports and analyses to their business lines.
Prior to joining PNC, Wilkinson was a principal consultant at American Management Services. He has also worked for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Merchant Marine engineering assignments.
He holds an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Wilkinson also holds a B.S. in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Dr. Karie Willyerd
VP, Learning & Social Adoption SuccessFactors, an SAP company
Karie Willyerd is the vice president of learning and social adoption at SuccessFactors, an SAP company. She is the former co-founder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in 2011. Previously, Willyerd was chief learning officer for Sun Microsystems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner, and Sun community learning.
Willyerd is the co-author of the bestseller, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.” She is a regular blogger for Harvard Business and has authored dozens of articles and publications.
In prior roles, she was a chief talent officer for Solectron, led the people development function at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems and ran executive development at H.J. Heinz.
Willyerd holds a master’s degree in instructional and performance technology from Boise State University and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the global leadership council for the business school at Colorado State University, is on the advisory board of HR.com, is on the adjunct faculty for leadership at GE’s Crotonville campus, and is on the board of an Americorp organization, City Year, San Jose.