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Learn more about SUMMIT 2018's learning session speakers below.


Kami Bond, Senior Vice President of People, Uptake
Using Data and Visual Analytics to Tell a Story Around HR ROI | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

As senior vice president of People, Kami Bond leads all HR-related aspects of Uptake. She has 20 years of experience helping companies attract, develop, engage and empower their talent. Kami is passionate about nurturing an innovative and inclusive culture that brings out the best in individuals and teams, delivers exceptional service to clients, and enables business growth. She holds a MS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a BS in Human Services from the University of Delaware.

Stephanie Carver, Senior HR Manager, Salter Labs
HR as an Enabler of Business Transformation | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Stephanie Carver is responsible for the management of HR policies, programs and initiatives for the domestic population at Salter Labs, where she’s supported the execution of transformative business processes since 2015. Prior to Salter Labs, Stephanie worked as a Senior HR Analyst for RoundTable Healthcare Partners, an operating oriented private equity firm focused solely in the healthcare space.  Stephanie earned a BA in International Business from Columbia College. She has been an active part of the HRMAC community, serving as a committee member of the Young HR Leaders interest group from 2012 thru 2015.

Rick Guzzo, Consultant, Mercer
Innovations in Inclusion and Diversity | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Rick Guzzo Mercer, Workforce Sciences Institute. Rick co-leads Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute, a research and innovation center, and works with clients on a wide range of human capital issues. In addition to R&D responsibilities, Rick delivers data-based advisory work primarily to large, often global clients on a wide range of workforce issues such as performance and productivity, talent retention, leadership development and diversity. Rick has published four books and dozens of professional articles and book chapters. Recent publications include “Workforce diversity: An internal labor market approach“ (2015, in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism) and “How big data matters“ (2016, in Big data at work: The data science revolution and organizational psychology). Prior to joining Mercer, Rick was professor of organizational psychology at New York University (1980-89) and at the University of Maryland (1989-97). A Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, his BS degree is from The Ohio State University and his PhD is from Yale University.  

Amber Johnson, Chief Communications Officer, Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Coaching and Leadership Development | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Amber Johnson is Chief Communications Officer and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business, Benedictine University. She is an experienced Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and a communications specialist who helps companies connect their purpose and values to their core strategies and brands. Amber has global leadership experience with World Vision and the US Peace Corps and has served as a consultant to organizations including digital marketing agencies, universities, manufacturing companies, utilities, and non-profit organizations. She is a regular contributors to Forbes.com and a co-author of Six Questions that can Lift Your Leadership, Shape Your Strategy, and Transform Your Organization with John Ludema and Michael Manning.

Jim Ludema, Professor, Global Leadership, and Director, Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Coaching and Leadership Development | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Jim Ludema is Professor of Global Leadership and Founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business, Benedictine University. He is a pioneer and global expert in Appreciative Inquiry methodology and author of The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large Group Change. Jim earned his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, the birthplace of Appreciative Inquiry. He has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald's, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs.

John Myers, Managing Partner, Kensington International
Link Between Strategic Thinking and Highly Effective HR Professionals | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

John is one of Chicago’s most experienced senior executive coaches and is one of Kensington International’s founders and an active managing partner in the company. He is the past Chairman and currently on the board of Career Partners International (CPI), one of the largest talent management companies in the world. John manages Kensington International’s leadership development and career transition practices and is a recognized expert in the custom design and delivery of executive assessment, coaching and team development programs as well as an excellent facilitator.

John has an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. Prior to founding Kensington International and entering the executive coaching profession in 1989, he had a successful career as an executive and general manager with P&L.

Nancy Ortega, Partner, Kensington International
Link Between Strategic Thinking and Highly Effective HR Professionals | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Nancy has demonstrated success in corporate, professional services and consulting roles with over 20 years of organizational development, leadership development and change management achievements. As Kensington International’s Practice Leader for Leadership Development, Nancy designs and delivers Leadership Development and Executive Coaching products and services that exceed expectations. Nancy has extensive international experience working and living in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. She has managed the Human Resources function for various multinationals including Ipsos, AonHewitt, Travelers and SHOWTIME (a Viacom-owned business). Nancy holds a Master of Science, Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Communications from Northern Illinois University.

Jamica Quillin is a Diversity and Inclusion Manager of Strategic Partnerships at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Jamica joined the Chicago Fed in 2001 and has a diverse background within the Bank, including leadership roles in Supervision and Regulation, the Office of the President and First Vice President, Central Bank Services and most recently the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the Bank's People & Culture department where her role includes oversight of the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative as program manager. Jamica was recently recognized as a 2017 Chicago United Advocate for Inclusion.  She holds a BA. from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.

Tatiana Repelin, VP, Human Resources, Salter Labs
HR as an Enabler of Business Transformation | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tatiana Repelin has led the HR function for Salter Labs since 2013, focusing on enabling the growth of the Company through pragmatic HR strategies and programs designed to build the best team in respiratory and airway care. She has over 20 years of HR experience, including 15 years in Healthcare with Cardinal Heath and Baxter Healthcare in leadership roles. Tatiana earned a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and Master of Art, Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Karissa Schmoe, Manager, Business Intelligence, Uptake
Using Data and Visual Analytics to Tell a Story Around HR ROI | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Karissa is a Business Intelligence professional at Uptake, a predictive analytics SaaS company that makes industries more productive, reliable, safe and secure. She has been at Uptake for just over a year leveraging data and analytics to drive smarter decision making and operational efficiency across the company. Most recently she has helped develop the data strategy and analytics vision for Uptake’s People team. She has previously worked in BI and analytics at Groupon and Verizon Wireless.

Mark Smrecek, Senior Consulting Actuary, Willis Towers Watson
The Future of Financial Well-being — Increasing Engagement and Value | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mark Smrecek is a senior consulting actuary for Willis Towers Watson’s retirement line of business serving as senior retirement consultant for a number of clients across industries. Mark joined the firm in 2000. Mark also serves a lead financial well-being consultant for a number of clients, across US and Canada, helping employers measure the current financial well-being of the workforce, identify key gaps and opportunities, develop strategies to address the gaps and measure the effectiveness of the strategies. In addition to his consulting role, Mark is part of the Willis Towers Watson leadership group for financial well-being services. Mark earned a BA from the Lawrence University. He is an associate of the Society of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary under ERISA and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.