Every year, SOAHR showcases speakers that cover the most important trends and topics in HR, including technology, business, HR basics, legal, culture and more. Click on any speaker photo below to read their bio.
Jody Amodeo, RN, PAHM
Willis Towers Watson
At Willis Towers Watson Jody serves as a Senior Consultant and a National Practice Leader, working closely with two specialty practices; Health Analytics and Health Systems, focusing on the evaluation, design and execution of effective human capital programs inclusive of strategic assessment and design of value based relationships.
Jody provides strategic consulting in the following areas:
- Assisting clients to best understand the dynamics of costs and trend as they relate to their needs from a multidimensional perspective with a clinical focus.
- Utilizing data to perform program assessments and analysis focusing on cost and quality to optimize the delivery of care for all constituents, with a focus on value based relationships.
- The assessment of program design inclusive of the quantitative and qualitative aspects of employee health, productivity, population health, and organizational performance to successfully design and implement a variety of health improvement programs.
- The proactive development of solutions and consultative strategies to support clients with PPACA compliance
- The identification of need for and design of value based relationships with a focus on the delivery of value based care.
- Tactical implementation and operational oversight of highly successful health management programs.
Jody has worked closely with Employers, Health Systems over the last 25 + years. Her professional experience encompasses working in utilization management, disease, wellness and quality management followed by the program development and management of the health and productivity population health program for a fortune 500 company. Ms. Amodeo has experience assessing programs and developing the business case and program design of these programs to address the quantitative and qualitative aspects of employee health, productivity, population health, and organizational performance to successfully design and implement a variety of health improvement and value based care programs. She has a consistent track record for achieving exemplary accreditation status for program compliance with utilization management with URAC and NCQA. Utilizing the power of data, she has lead the collaboration of successful audit and program evaluation strategies, the design and execution of outcomes analysis for various programs to determine progress against baseline, return on investment, and operational efficiencies. Ms. Amodeo has managed communication strategy for health improvement program participation, reporting, and external visibility for both health plan and large employers. She managed all vendor relationships inclusive of vendor selection, contract negotiation, contract management, operational flows, and customer experience. Key to the successful management of these relationships was managing the value proposition of engagement and its correlation to return on investment and the relationship with the care delivery.
Jody Amodeo is certified as a Professional, Academy of Healthcare Management. She is also a Registered Nurse with experience that spans intensive care, hospital administration to ownership of a homecare business. She has diverse consulting experience working with employers, health plans and health systems. Jody is licensed in Health, Accident and Life Insurance products.
Director of Business Development
Kornelius Bankston is director of business development for Color Genomics leading the company’s southeast business development efforts. Color Genomics is a Silicon Valley based biotech company. Kornelius is a graduate of Morehouse College (BSc.- Chemistry), Emory University (MSc.- Biomolecular Chemistry), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (MBA- Management of Technology).
After graduating from Emory University Kornelius worked for a startup founded by Dr. Dennis Liotta as a business development intern. He went on to become a project manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development where he worked to help recruit Baxter (now known as Shire) to Georgia. He moved on to manage Morehouse School of Medicine’s first Office of Technology Transfer and Office of Industry Sponsored Clinical trials. He was able to help underserved populations who traditionally do not participate in clinical trials to become more engaged in clinical research. Most recently, Kornelius served as the director of bioscience ecosystem expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber where he worked to recruit bioscience companies to the Metro Atlanta region. While at the Metro Atlanta Chamber he launched Global Health ATL, www.globalhealthatl.com, to promote Atlanta as the Center for Global Health.
EVP & Chief People Officer
Janet Barnard is chief people officer for Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. She is responsible for developing the global organization’s high-performance culture and talent management program to support its vision to transform the automotive industry. Barnard leads all Human Resources functions, including Corporate and Field Operations, Total Rewards, Employee and Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness.
Previously, Barnard was president of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions. In that role, she directed several groups at Manheim engaged in transforming the company’s core auction business to incorporate an expanding digital, mobile and inventory solutions strategy. Barnard led the industry’s largest wholesale auction network in North America consisting of nearly 130 traditional and mobile sites. Groups reporting to Barnard included Sales, Inventory Services, Vehicle Solutions, Logistics Solutions and Client Experience. Before assuming the Inventory Solutions role, Barnard served as president, Manheim North America.
Prior to joining Manheim, Barnard served as senior vice president and general manager for Cox Communications’ (CCI) Central Region. Her responsibilities included growing the $1.2 billion region’s voice, data and video services across its residential and commercial base of more than 700,000 customers. Prior to that role, Barnard was senior vice president and general manager for other Cox Communications regional business areas including Northern Virginia, Middle America and Omaha.
Barnard received the 2016 Leadership Character Award in the Large Company category by Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and during the same year, was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a Women Who Mean Business honoree. In 2015, Barnard was added to Automotive News’ list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. Also, recognized by Women in Technology (WIT) as one of Georgia’s top women leaders, she was the winner of the 2014 Woman of the Year in Technology Award in the Large/Enterprise Organization category. In 2010, Barnard was named as a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Fellow, which honors the most successful female leaders in the cable and telecommunications industry. She was also selected by CableFAX as a Top 25 Regional Player and as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Cable.
Barnard gives back to her community by representing Cox Enterprises on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and through her role as the Executive Sponsor for Cox Automotive’s Corporate Responsibility Council which ensures the implementation of responsible practices that deliver environmental and social benefits. She is also Executive Sponsor for Cox Automotive’s partnership with the American Red Cross and participates in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (KPCRAA) to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction and other charities supporting chronically ill children.
Barnard resides in Atlanta with her husband Bryan, and has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys golf, travel and motorcycling.
Scott Blews partners with his clients to meet the full range of their employment and labor law needs, from counseling and advice through litigation and trial. On the counseling front, as a former in-house counsel, Mr. Blews has honed his approach of efficiently providing clients with concrete recommendations that balance the legal and business landscape, rather than rambling research memoranda that shy away from taking a position on what should be done. Moreover, when litigation ensues, Mr. Blews provides first-rate, cost-effective legal work.
Mr. Blews possesses the trial experience to take a case to a jury verdict, as well as the judgment and foresight to help clients evaluate when it may make sense to resolve a claim. He has represented employers successfully in a wide variety of employment, labor and other litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, from Miami to Anchorage, and numerous places in between. These cases have included discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims under state and federal employment laws, such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations (OSHA) and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); overtime and exempt classification claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, including collective actions; state law tort claims, such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent retention and hiring; whistleblower claims; breach of contract claims; unfair labor practice claims; and equal protection, due process, First Amendment and other constitutional claims. In addition, Mr. Blews has successfully litigated numerous disputes with respect to trade secrets and restrictive covenants, including emergency hearings on requests for injunctive relief.
In the counseling realm, Mr. Blews has assisted clients with issues across the entire employment law spectrum, such as guiding clients through reductions in force; creating and revising policies and procedures; negotiating and drafting employment and severance agreements; offering advice regarding personnel decisions; conducting internal investigations, including sexual and racial harassment investigations; and conducting compliance training for clients’ human resources, management and front-line employees.
Before joining Taylor English in January 2007, Mr. Blews clerked for U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges in the Middle District of Florida, practiced with the labor and employment team of King & Spalding and served in-house as a senior employment counsel for Delta Air Lines Inc.
State of Georgia
Commissioner of Labor
Mark Butler became Georgia’s first Republican Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011. Commissioner Butler’s continuing goal is to create valuable workforce solutions through strategic alliances and community relationships. Butler has developed several new programs that have strengthened the Labor Department’s relationships between employers, job seekers, and Georgia’s future workforce.
In 2013, Butler created the Business Services Unit which helps businesses streamline the hiring process by creating job descriptions and recruiting job seekers. Staffed with experts in the field of recruiting, applicants are screened and referred to the company based upon their qualifications. As a former business owner, Butler understands the benefits of government agencies partnering with businesses to encourage economic growth.
Strongly believing that a prepared workforce is key to Georgia’s economic future, Butler has also incorporated a first of its kind program, GeorgiaBEST. GeorgiaBEST began as a high school based certificate program to help students become “work ready” based on their understanding of soft skills and vital work habits. GeorgiaBEST has become so successful that the Georgia Department of Labor has recently expanded the program to include GeorgiaBEST@School (Pre-K through Post-Secondary), GeorgiaBEST@Work, and GeorgiaBEST@Home.
A native of Carrollton, Georgia, Butler graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration. Commissioner Butler and his family are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.
Sales Director and Senior Facilitator
A graduate of the The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Brooke is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. She has been published in numerous publications including the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and the Huffington Post.
Brooke collaborates with statewide and national organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, and Equality Ohio to discuss the importance of acknowledging unconscious bias in the workplace and lifting up issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Brooke recently presented on LGBTQ Inclusion the Ohio State University National Conference on Race, Diversity and Learning and works extensively on the rights of trans and gender non-conforming populations within central Ohio.
She has facilitated public discussions on Diversity and Inclusion with a wide range of organizations and individuals, including the Columbus Police Department, former NFL players Wade Davis and Chris Kluwe, and future medical professionals at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Brooke serves on the board at Equality Ohio and volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
Brooke started her career at The Crane School of Music in New York studying classical music, and continues to perform regionally and nationally as a stand-up comedian. Brooke also volunteers her time hosting fundraisers for organizations including the Ohio Art League, Human Rights Campaign, Kaleidoscope, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and Equality Ohio. She was recently featured in TedXColumbus Women and was named Columbus’ Best Comedian by Columbus Alive in Spring 2018.
Remarkable Leadership Lessons Inc.
CEO and Founder
Within the trifecta of successful business –superior products, processes and people– Denise Cooper founded a company over ten years ago specifically to assist with often the most challenging of these variables – people. My mission is to develop practical, specific and tactical leadership skills and behaviors that unblock their personal success, all with an eye to achieving very quantifiable improvements in performance. She helps create high performing inclusive workplaces, identifies the key differentiating behaviors that matter, and creates quantifiable measurement criteria against them.
After earning a MBA from Washington University, Denise spent over 25 years running various Human Resources functions or departments at corporations such as People’s Energy, Lending Tree, Budget Car Rental, Gap Inc. and Monsanto before starting her own company in 2007.
Atlanta Committee for Progress
Shan Cooper is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress. The ACP was founded in 2003 and their mission is to provide leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens in the City of Atlanta. The committee includes more than 40 highly-engaged chief executive officers, university presidents and civic leaders who offer expertise in service to Atlanta and its future development.
Shan is the former chief transformation officer of WestRock and was responsible for the Recycling and Waste Services Division, Procurement, Enterprise Logistics and Information Technology. Prior to joining WestRock, Shan served as vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
As general manager, she was responsible for the 6,000 employee operations in Marietta, Ga.; Meridian, Miss.; and Clarksburg, W. Va., which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the U.S. and countries around the world. Marietta programs included the C-130J Super Hercules, F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F-35 Lightning II.
Shan was named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 Most Respected Business Leader; the 2015 Women of the Year by American Association of University Women; and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2017.
She serves on the Georgia Power Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Board of Trustees of both Emory University and the Woodruff Arts Center. Shan is also on the Board for the Technical College System of Georgia, a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and a Life Member of the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center.
Shan earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and religion from Emory University and a master’s of business administration from the Roberto Goizueta Business School of Emory University. She is also a graduate of the Rutgers University Executive Masters in Global Human Resource Leadership Program.
Andrea is an associate attorney in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigration.
Andrea completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During her law school career, Andrea gained experience working in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, preparing non-immigrant U-visa petitions for victims of violent crimes, and interning in the Health and Public Assistance Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice. She was also the Online Editor for the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (NC JOLT).
Andrea gained several years of corporate immigration experience working in-house at a large technology company. Her experience primarily consists of preparing various non-immigrant-based visa petitions and handling I-9 compliance issues.
Scott Decker concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and worldwide business visas and employment-based immigration for employers both large and small. He works with companies to obtain work visas on behalf of new hires and transferring employees. He also advises companies on preparation of corporate immigration policies, employee documentation requirements, and employer compliance issues. Mr. Decker has represented clients in I-9 and DOL wage investigations related to H-1B visas. He possesses extensive experience in setting up appropriate employee hiring and permanent residency process strategies.
UC Alternative, Inc.
John Doran is the CEO of UC Alternative, Inc., a leading Unemployment Cost Control firm. His focus is on reducing SUI tax rates and Reimbursement costs. He has saved companies tens of millions of dollars in actual unemployment costs. He is a recognized leader in the field with over 25 years of experience in the industry and has made dozens of association presentations as well as hosting numerous workshops. John brings experience, innovation, leadership and knowledge in moving an unemployment program from an administrative process, to one that is focused on an objective, measurable and economic outcome.
Andrea G.L. Elkon, Ph.D.
Alliance Spine and Pain Centers
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Andrea G.L. Elkon, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrea Elkon is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for Alliance Spine and Pain Centers; a 19-office interventional pain management practice in the Atlanta Metro area. Specializing in Pain Psychology, Dr. Elkon’s clinical work helps patients become empowered to manage their chronic pain without over-relying on opioid medication and other medical interventions. Dr. Elkon also helps patients struggling with opioid addiction secure appropriate treatment, so that they might also more effectively recover from chronic pain. Prior to joining Alliance Spine and Pain Centers in January 2016, Dr. Elkon spent 10 years working in public mental health at both the State and Federal levels.
Dr. Elkon obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Haverford College. She then completed a two-year research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Elkon obtained both her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. She received additional specialized clinical training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Psychological Association Division 38 (Health Psychology,) American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the Academy of Integrative Pain Management.
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Attorney at Law
Michael Elkon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips. He helps companies with all manner of employment issues, both by providing advice regarding situations as they arise and also by handling litigation from start to finish. Michael has a number of sub-specialties, including: (1) helping companies recruit talent from competitors in a legal fashion and also ensure that their former employees do not exploit key information and relationships; (2) drafting and revising all manner of employment agreements; and (3) handling retaliation lawsuits, including under specific whistleblower laws. Michael has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars or Georgia Super Lawyers every year since 2010. He also worked with the Georgia Legislature and appeared before its Judiciary Committee regarding the Georgia non-compete statute (HB 173) in the 2009 Legislative Session. Michael is currently on a Sedona Conference team identifying best practices for trade secret litigation on a nationwide basis.
Shockingly Different Leadership
CEO & Lead Organizational Strategist
Karan Ferrell-Rhodes is the founder of Shockingly Different Leadership, a global professional services firm that is changing the way HR functions scale up their teams during peak periods of work!
SDL partners with business executives and senior leaders of Learning & Development, Human Resources, and Organizational Development teams to execute business- critical, talent-related initiatives on an on-demand, project, or contract basis. Her company helps organizations solve the problem of quickly locating trusted expertise to help them get their urgent “people projects” done.
Karan loves unleashing the magic which occurs when ambitious, gifted professionals are able to create and implement innovative ideas which boosts their acumen in a way that delivers greater value to their organizations, creates raving fans, builds their brand, and impacts the bottom line. Her book, Lead at the Top of Your Game, is scheduled to be released June 2019.
Immediately before following her passion to share her consulting gifts on a more global scale, Karan held numerous leadership positions at the Microsoft Corporation during her 14 year tenure, including leading the human capital strategy for 6 Corporate Vice Presidents and leading the Microsoft Global High Potential Leadership Development Program, which was ranked in the top 5 global programs by Fortune Magazine, Leadership Excellence, the Best Practices in Leadership Institute, and Workforce Magazine.
She holds a Bachelors in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and a MBA with a triple concentration in Organizational Development, Human Resources & Marketing from Florida State University. She is certified as a High Potential Leadership Coach, a Master Action Learning Facilitator, and is also certified in several leadership assessment tools.
Karan is involved in numerous professional and non-profit organizations and resides in the metro-Atlanta area with her wonderful husband Victor, adorable daughter Alexis, family dog Pappi, and a host of extended family and friends. In her rare moments of downtime, she loves engaging in social media, going on “date nights”, watching football, critiquing movies, listening to jazz, and giving back to the community.
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Financial Well-Being Executive
Brian Nelson Ford
Brian Nelson Ford serves as the Financial Well-Being executive for SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being, and is leading a movement to inspire Americans to gain financial confidence, offering tools and resources through onUp.com. In his role, Mr. Ford is responsible for the design and implementation of internal and external financial well-being programs, including Momentum onUp, a financial fitness program for companies of all sizes.
Prior to joining SunTrust in 2015, Mr. Ford was the founder and CEO of 8 Pillars Financial Education Company – one of the leaders in Workplace Financial Wellness. As a result, he has been widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on the design, implementation and measurement of Workplace Financial Education Programs for employees. He is often featured in national media publications, including: USA Today, CNN, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, and Forbes.
Mr. Ford is an accomplished and well-respected author and speaker. He has authored The 8 Pillars of Financial Greatness, a book focused on helping individuals and families put their financial lives in harmony with their deepest values. He has also authored an award-winning children’s book titled Marshmallows and Bikes – Teaching Children (and Adults) Personal Finance. Among the companies that he has delivered keynote addresses to, include: Chevrolet, Overstock.com, Auto Dealers Association Convention, 1800 CONTACTS, Toyota, Bankers Association Convention, Ancestry.com, Holiday Inn, and eBay.
Mr. Ford earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management, and Marriage, Family & Human Development from Brigham Young University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Personal Finance from the College for Financial Planning.
Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Professional Education Manager
Kim Franklin holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently the Professional Education Manager for the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Kim has been with the Chapter since July of 2006. She is responsible for overseeing the MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return Program which is a nationwide identification system/registry established to assist in the safe and timely return of individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander and become lost. Kim also trains Professional staff that is responsible for the care of these individuals in facilities and community settings on best care practices. She has trained several thousand professional caregivers statewide through in-services, conferences and full day trainings about providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting
As a Director with Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting (CBBC), Kyle is responsible for developing professional relationships with companies, business owners and affluent families. To minimize exposure to legal and hazard risks and to optimize total risk transfer spend, he ensures clients have access to the appropriate CBBC resources and innovative solutions that help manage their employee benefits and risk management strategy.
Kyle has over 10 years of experience in the insurance and financial service industries. Prior to joining CBBC, Kyle was Vice President of Elective Benefits at Aon. In this role, he managed the strategy, enrollment and engagement for some of Aon’s most complex clients. As the lead consultant and subject matter expert, Kyle was responsible for integrating elective benefits with clients’ healthcare strategy to maximize value of the overall benefit offering. Additionally, he worked for AIG and Cigna in sales and marketing roles. Before entering the insurance industry, Kyle worked for an institutional bank managing fixed income portfolios.
Hiring Incentives, Inc
Raj is a co-founder of Hiring Incentives, Inc. As the leader of Hiring Incentives, he developed the systems for identifying, capturing and maximizing employment tax credits for clients. He also developed the web-based unemployment systems for UC Alternative. Raj is a key member of NEON/NEOG through which he works to develop and expand jobs-related tax credit programs. Raj holds a BS degree from Gettysburg College.
As the CIO at OneSpring, Robert plays a key role in the company’s strategic direction and growth. Through his knowledge of human-centered design, technology, and customer experience, Robert leads the OneSpring consulting practice that develops innovative and compelling solutions for OneSpring’s clients. Robert has over twenty years of experience in design and visual communications with an emphasis in user centered design and usability. From digital product design to customer experience strategy, his experience has helped companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, The Department of Homeland Security, ABC/Capital Cities, MasterCard International, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Toyota, and GRP/MCA Records achieve their business goals while also meeting the needs of their customers.
Will Hall is CEO of HIPnation, an Atlanta-based healthcare company that provides quality-driven healthcare with 24/7 access to a personal Primary Care Physician. This access is the foundation of their new healthcare ecosystem, redesigned to put insurance only where it is needed, thus reducing total overall healthcare costs and refocusing healthcare on the patient.
Mr. Hall practiced as a Physical Therapist for 10 years in the hospital and outpatient setting before assuming operational management and leadership as Regional VP of a national physical therapy provider, supporting teammates in 150 clinics in 10 states. Mr. Hall is a graduate of Georgia State University and Boston University with degrees in Physical Therapy.
Mr. Hall’s passion for learning, love of a challenge, and desire to be a change agent brought him to join HIPnation in 2016. He is responsible for building the operational processes and developing the team in order to provide this innovative healthcare delivery system, which promotes better healthcare while drastically reducing overall costs for both individuals and businesses.
He is blessed to be married to Kelly and is the Dad of two amazing kids, Caleb and Cameron.
Gregory Hare, JD
Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
Greg Hare has been an employment lawyer with Ogletree Deakins for 25+ years. He is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree-Atlanta. His practice focuses on assisting companies with government investigations and litigation claims involving wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and employment contracts. He advises clients on human resources topics like severance agreements, employee discipline and discharge, layoffs, family and medical leave, and use of independent contractors. He also handles traditional labor relations matters involving union avoidance and grievances. Mr. Hare encourages companies to develop proactive human resources strategies that minimize exposure to costly litigation and disputes, which includes providing structured management training programs. Mr. Hare has been recognized as: a Super Lawyer by the Georgia Law and Politics publication; Best Lawyers in the USA in the Employment Law category; a Leading Lawyer for Business by the Chambers USA Attorney Guide; AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Professionals.
Dr. Brian Hill
Founder, President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Brian Hill
After spending 10 years pursuing his calling to become a physician, Dr. Brian Hill began his urology practice in Atlanta. Soon thereafter, he realized physicians and their patients were participating in a healthcare system structured more to meet the requirements of the healthcare industry rather than participating in a healthcare system which allowed the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and accessible medical care. This realization drove him to engage in the healthcare policy discussion and become a passionate advocate for health system change.
Dr. Hill is the author of Stop the Noise: A Physician’s Quest to Silence the Politics of Health Care Reform and other numerous articles promoting alternate delivery models. He has been interviewed on CNN and FOX News. Additionally, he participates on panels and think tanks with economists, actuaries and healthcare thought leaders, and speaks to business, political and civic groups. He co-founded and serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of HIPnation, an innovator in healthcare delivery that provides patient-centric, personalized healthcare solutions to individuals and businesses.
Dr. Hill and his family live in Sandy Springs and are active members at Mount Paran Church of God.
Arlene is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in Operations Management, Sales Management and Marketing Management. She is very passionate about building relationships on any level within a corporation or in the private sector. Arlene’s expertise includes being proactive on projects, follow-up, persistency and the ability to build and keep a business relationship for years to come. Arlene has a great expertise of event planning to develop, coordinate and manage meetings, seminars, networking events and company classes.
Arlene believes in giving back to the community and non-profit organizations hold a special place in her heart. Arlene is involved in the National Arthritis Foundation (also on a Chapter level), volunteered for various Foundation activities that benefit children and/or adults of
various illnesses. She is a member of the Acworth Business Association. Arlene can also be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Alexandra is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta office. She has been working the in the field of immigration law since 2007, developing a comprehensive understanding of employment-based and family-based immigration. Her experience includes managing the immigration process for multinational corporations in various industries and business sectors, including software development, packaging/logistics, defense/security, aerospace engineering, optical networking, environmental and electronics engineering, IT consulting, insurance, and academia, among others.
Alexandra works with multinational organizations to develop and implement internal immigration policies and procedures, including employee policies, I-9 and LCA compliance, and merger and acquisition strategies. She provides strategy guidance and legal counsel in connection with all aspects of the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa process, including filings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor.
Alexandra is admitted to practice law in Georgia, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Political Science and Peace Studies) and Kennesaw State University (M.S. in Conflict Management). She obtained her law degree from Georgia State University. Throughout law school, Alexandra worked full-time as a supervising paralegal for a corporate immigration law firm in Atlanta and continued her employment with that firm as an attorney prior to joining Ogletree.
Alexandra is an active board member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) International Business Society; and she regularly provides pro bono immigration counsel in partnership with various non-profit organizations in Atlanta.
Chief HR Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer at Paylocity, Cheryl oversees strategy for people and human resources functions. She joined Paylocity in 2018 and brings with her over 17 years of HR experience in a variety of industries where she led strategies and initiatives related to attracting, retaining, and engaging talent and building culture.
Cheryl most recently served as Chief HR Officer for Echo Global Logistics, a transportation and supply chain management organization. Prior to Echo, Cheryl guided the HR strategies of many well-known companies such as ULTA Beauty, Radio Flyer, Sears Holdings Corporation, and Fossil, Inc.
Cheryl holds a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Toledo.
Crystal is a two-time TEDx speaker and known for her thought leadership on evolving workplace culture for a digital world. Through her best-selling book, The Millennial Myth (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), and keynotes, Crystal has changed the story around generation gap for thousands over the past 7 years. Her forthcoming books include The Way of the Digital Warrior (Berrett-Koehler, 2020), a self-leadership guide to create connection, escape burnout, and overcome other challenges unique to the digital age, and Modern Learning: How Millennials, Media, and Mobility are Reinventing Learning Design (ATD, 2020). She is honored to be a Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award recipient.
As an organization development consultant, she brings organizations into the digital age, leveling up people strategies in areas such as career development, learning culture, inclusion, leadership development, and employee engagement. Past clients include General Mills, Southern Company, Monster.com, Wells Fargo, and other organizations. She also brings deep training expertise as the co-creator of the Modern Learning Design Process, a new instructional design model focused on learning experiences for the training industry, supported by ATD.
Crystal has a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Organization Development. Originally from Austin, TX, she is now based in Atlanta, GA with her husband Jeremy, where they love enjoying time with friends, the outdoors, and immersive cultural experiences.
Dennis W. Koerner, Ph. D.
President and CEO
Dennis W. Koerner, Ph.D.
Dennis W. Koerner is President and CEO of ITN, LLC. ITN provides software and artificial intelligence services that help companies create competitive advantages through better hiring and retention program practices.
Previously, Dennis was President and Partner of RING Industrial Group, a privately held pipe manufacturing company with 8 plant locations across the country. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of ACH Food Companies, a $500 million-dollar subsidiary of Associated British Foods, and as Vice President of Technology for Kraft Foods.
Dennis currently serves as a member of several corporate and community boards including the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis, Vanguard Soap, Hi-Speed Industrial Products, Compendium Analytics and the Economics Club of Memphis.
Dennis is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D.
Sarah Lamar is a partner with the law firm of HunterMaclean in Savannah and practices in the area of employment law. Sarah has experience representing employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts regarding discrimination and employment laws such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, among others. She also represents employers in breach of contract actions, including non-competes, and tort claims, and in agency investigations brought by the U.S. and Georgia Departments of Labor, the EEOC, OFCCP, and U.S. ICE. She conducts in-house training for employers and advises clients on a variety of human resource issues, including their federal affirmative action and immigration law obligations.
Vice President, Chief People Officer
Angela Long is Vice President and Chief People Officer. In this role, she provides Colonial strategic leadership in the areas of organizational development, communications, culture, engagement, talent management, total rewards, policies & procedures and technology/business intelligence. She further champions Colonial’s focus on people, culture, and inclusion. She was appointed to this role in July of 2017.
In her previous role as Director of Internal Audit, Angela developed a program of audits and special projects to assess and mitigate risks, while ensuring compliance with established regulations, processes, and controls. She further identifies and supports opportunities to improve the controls and processes for existing and new businesses and information systems. Angela joined Colonial in 2009, serving as both Tax Manager and Director of Tax.
Angela holds over 20 years of experience working with regulated companies in various industries, including insurance and banking. Prior to Colonial, she was Director of Corporate Taxation for WellPoint (now Anthem).
Angela earned both her B.A. in Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia. She also is a Certified Public Accountant.
Turknett Leadership Group
President & CEO
Tino J. Mantella became President and CEO of Turknett Leadership Group on October 29th, 2018. TLG is one of the nation’s top leadership development companies, driven by its proprietary Leadership Character model and grounded in science. TLG has supported hundreds of CEOs and their teams over the last 32 years Founders; Dr. Robert (Bob) Turknett and Carolyn Turknett will remain engaged and committed to the company’s mission..
Mantella brings over 30 years of experience leading some of the nation’s largest and most distinguished not-forprofit organizations including the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, the National Arthritis Foundation, and the Technology Association of Georgia.
Leader, innovator and versatile are three descriptors that collectively provide a framework for Tino’s career. He supervised a team of over 4,500 employees during his years at the Chicago Y. Programs ranged from gang intervention to foster care to being the largest provider of SROs (Single Room Occupancy Housing) in the State of Illinois. The YMCA and Mantella, during his tenure, were one of the first not-for-profits ever recognized with the prestigious George Land award for Innovation. At the Arthritis Foundation, during Mantella’s tenure, the organization disseminated over $50 million dollars to help find cures the debilitating diseases. And, at TAG (Technology Association of Georgia), over the 12 years Mantella was at the helm, the organization grew from less than 500 members to over 36,000, becoming the largest organization of its kind in North America.
In January of 2017, Tino was appointed President & CEO of Tier4 Advisors. This for-profit company helps senior leaders optimize decisions around their IT expenditures. In 2018 Tier4 was recognized as an Inc.1,000 company for the first time in its history. Tino will remain a Partner at Tier4 and equity owner.
Mantella resides in John’s Creek with his wife Deborah.
Over the last 30 years, Marty N. Martenson has earned a reputation for outstanding results when representing management in a variety of capacities throughout the United States. Whether in the courtroom defending claims of discrimination, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, or advising clients as to the labor and/or employment landscape, clients benefit greatly from his high level of experience, leadership and insight. It’s no wonder Marty is frequently asked to speak on such topics at seminars, trade shows, and to numerous industry groups and associations across the country.
Marty frequently represents multi-national companies in connection with labor and employment and general human resources due diligence on both the buyer- and seller-side. Marty has particular experience representing in-bound foreign corporations without current U.S. operations. Cross-border employment issues can often obstruct a deal, and Marty identifies risks, exposure, and options for mitigating such issues with the goal of efficiently reaching a deal. Further, post-deal, Marty guides clients from the first new hire through instituting company-wide labor and employment practices for thousands of employees.
Marty has received numerous accolades for his labor and employment work, including the MartindaleHubbell AV Peer Review Rating. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Marist School and Notre Dame Academy, both in Atlanta. In his college days, you could find Marty on the NC State football team playing for the Wolfpack.
SAFE, Security Against Forced Encounters, is a program dedicated to teaching everyone escape and evasion techniques used by experts in live situations. SAFE’s Instructor, Bob McDaniel, an Ex-Marine, has over 35 years of combined Law Enforcement, Military and Contract Security experience. Mr. McDaniel is a highly respected, knowledgeable hand-to-hand combat Instructor for Law Enforcement, Military Special Forces, Para-Military Organizations, Diplomatic and Executive Security.
Mr. McDaniel has a Black Belt in Judo, as well as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts. He is skilled in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape. Bob specializes in take down and control, joint manipulation, weapons retention, as well as defensive and offensive knife fighting.
Head of HR, NAFTA Region
Lars N. Minns is currently the Head of HR for Mercedes-Benz, USA’s with responsibility for the US, Canada, and Mexico. He joined the company in March 2015. He currently leads the organization in designing, implementing, and executing HR strategies that directly align with the company’s strategic objectives for the Sales, Marketing, and Distribution of passenger cars in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
He and his team have played a pivotal role in the successful onboarding of 300+ new employees since his arrival – the largest 1-year hiring the company has experienced in its 50+ year history. He and his team are now poised to lead one of the world’s most admired brands through a large scale transformation.
Prior to joining MBUSA, he served as the Sr. Mgr. of Talent Acquisition for The Home Depot’s At Home Services commonly referred to as the “Do it For Me” business. He led his team in executing talent acquisition strategies for the company’s fastest growing business segment.
Lars spent 10 years with The Home Depot and served in roles of increasing responsibility. Most notably serving as the Sr. Mgr. of Talent Management for Operations, Services, Finance, and IT. He led all facets of Talent Management and supported those business areas in several large scale transformational efforts aimed at increasing overall operational efficiencies. He supported the company’s Supply Chain from 2010-2012, where his talent management and consulting skills were dedicated to the logistics side of the retail business. Top talent succession planning, assessment, selection and development were some of his primary responsibilities.
Early in his tenure with the company, he led the design and execution of the Company’s Executive Coaching program, the CEO’s Merchandising and US Retail focus groups, various Exposure and Leadership development programs, along with other enterprise-wide initiatives.
Before joining the Company, Lars held various roles in IT consulting sales and recruiting during the .com and Y2K eras.
He is a current board member of SHRM-Atlanta and Page Turners make Great Learners.
Lars is a sought after presenter and facilitator and spends considerable time communicating the importance of cultivating the right talent for business success.
Lars earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
A native of Nassau, Bahamas, he is married to Moya Minns, calligrapher and owner of MM Ink Studio; they reside in Sandy Springs, GA with their three children – Landyn, Latham, Lian.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
David Mohl is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on proactive and preventative advice and counsel, with an emphasis in the area of leave management, focusing on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, paid sick leave, and related leave statutes and policies.
Mr. Mohl has a wide range of labor and employment law experience, including disability leave management, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, training, and workplace investigations.
Mr. Mohl brings a unique business perspective, having worked in the corporate legal departments for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he served as Associate General Counsel at The Hershey Company where he was a member of the General Counsel’s Senior Leadership Team and was responsible for the company’s global labor and employment, litigation, and privacy functions. Prior to that, he served as Senior Counsel at Cigna, where he provided legal counsel and strategic advice regarding all employment matters globally. Mr. Mohl also served in a general counsel capacity for the company’s third-party leave administration business.
Mr. Mohl is a frequent speaker on legal developments under the ADA, FMLA, and other employment law issues. Mr. Mohl received his B.S. and J.D. from Syracuse University.
CEO & Managing Principal
Demetra Morgan has over 15 years of human resource experience, working in both the private and public sector. She has worked in industries such as manufacturing (union and non-union), sales, legal, fast food franchises & other restaurants, higher education and State government, as well as churches. Demetra has an affinity for organizational development and strategic planning, particularly with non-profits and faith-based organizations. Her accomplishments include developing employee onboarding and orientation programs, policy manuals, standard operating procedures, employee handbooks, recruitment and retention strategies, professional development and training programs, job descriptions, performance management systems, and total compensation & benefits strategies.
Her key strengths include risk management, organizational planning, employment law, total rewards, workforce development and training, as well as employee and labor relations. Having served in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer at a mega-church in Atlanta, and now operating her own business, she utilizes all eight HR Competencies on a regular basis.
Demetra is CEO and Managing Principal of D.E.E. Results (Delivering Effective and Efficient Results), which is an organizational development and management consulting firm that focuses on strengthening infrastructure and implementing systems to ensure operational excellence, in addition to delivering virtual HR services to several clients. She is also a Continuing Education Instructor at Clayton State University, where she teaches Essentials of Human Resource Management as well as the SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Certification Exam Prep Courses.
Demetra holds designations as both a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is a product of the University of Wisconsin System, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in French.
Christopher is CEO at TalentKeepers. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the human resources industry, the majority of which has been in the employee engagement, selection, assessment, and retention arena. Christopher co-founded TalentKeepers in 2000. Prior to co-founding TalentKeepers, Christopher was the Vice President of Business Development for AlignMark, a former division of The Thomson Corporation. Christopher is a national speaker and published author on the subject of employee engagement and retention including a book “Talent Keepers: How to Engage and Retain Great People” published in 2017. Christopher is a member of the American Psychological Society and an Associate Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Florida State University, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
The Nischwitz Group
Known as a Facilitator of Truth, Snow Globe Shaker and the Leader of Shift, Jeff Nischwitz is a man on a mission — a mission to help people shift how they lead and thereby shift their leadership impact. As an international leadership and team engagement speaker, Jeff Nischwitz is known for his unique perspectives, for challenging traditional thinking, and for delivering tangible shifts for leaders to grow their people, build their businesses and enhance their relationships. Jeff is the author of three books including his two most recent books: Unmask: Let Go of Who You’re “Supposed” to Be & Unleash Your True Leader(Motivational Press 2014) and Arrows of Truth: Simple Shifts for Personal Transformation(Eagle Heart Press 2017). Jeff works with a wide range of organizations on growing leaders, building engaged and empowered teams, accountability and achieving your whole other level of impact and influence.
Tamika R. Nordstrom is a partner of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations Practice Group. Ms. Nordstrom’s practice encompasses a range of employment litigation and arbitration. Her employment and litigation practice has included matters involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims pursuant to title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) as well as state-specific employment law claims.
Ms. Nordstrom serves as a trusted advisor and counselor to corporate clients across the United States regarding all aspects of employment litigation, arbitration and counseling. She represents clients on matters related to negotiating settlement and severance agreements, assisting corporations in all areas of employment practices, including hiring, wage and hour issues, termination and investigation of employment disputes. Additionally, Ms. Nordstrom assists clients in drafting and seeking enforcement of non-competition and trade secret agreements.
Ms. Nordstrom has practiced in multiple federal and state trial and appellate courts and has frequently tried bench and jury trials.
Chief Marketing Officer
Meera joined Gradifi with 20 years of B2C and B2B marketing experience, and oversees all aspects of the company’s marketing and brand strategy. Most recently, Meera spent over 5 years at Valore (formerly SimpleTuition) as VP of Marketing, where she led a team responsible for a number of education brands including SimpleTuition, ValoreBooks and Boundless. Prior to Valore, Meera worked in consumer marketing roles at major consumer brands including Sports Illustrated and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Meera has a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
The Prinzo Group
Founder and Principal Consultant
Rob Prinzo is the Founder and Principal Consultant with the Prinzo Group. He specializes in converting complex business strategies into actionable implementation plans. For the last several years, he has consulted with organizations on complex, large-scale software, services and outsourcing projects and procurements.
Rob’s books and articles have been featured in some leading business publications including Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Computer World, Supply and Demand Chain Executive and the IHRIM Journal to name a few. Rob has spoken at numerous business conferences and seminars on a variety of topics and served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM).
Rob holds a master’s degree in industrial management and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, both from Clemson University.
SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR
Enable Coaching and Consulting LLC
Kevin B. Richardson is a powerful and experienced HR Leader with a deep and broad background helping leaders, from front-line managers to C suite executives, drive growth and business results. With over 20 years of experience in Training and Human Resources Management and a broad business background ranging from small start-ups to multi-national Fortune 500 organizations spanning a wide variety of industries, Kevin has a unique perspective from which to develop customized solutions for businesses.
He is a true HR Generalist experienced in building, rebuilding and upgrading HR departments across all sizes of organizations. He has developed and managed programs in all functional areas of HR including; Recruiting, Talent Management, Employee Relations, Organizational Design, Workforce Management, Performance Management, Employee and Leadership Development, Payroll, Benefits and Compensation. He also teaches in-depth HR courses at Kennesaw State University. In addition he holds three senior-level HR certifications – SPHR, GPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Kevin has been a change agent throughout his career. From managing start-ups, to mergers and acquisitions to re-builds and reorganizations, he has been very successful at shepherding organizations, leaders and employees through large-scale change through the design and execution of well-thought-out change management and communication plans. He is certified in Change Management by the originator and leader in Change Management methodology, Prosci. He is also certified in Project Management through Penn State.
A world traveler since the age of 3 months, Mr. Richardson has lived, studied and worked in Europe and Asia and has managed businesses and resources in over 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica, for a variety of US, British, Japanese, Swiss, Dutch and Kuwaiti-based businesses. This combined with his degree in International and Asian Studies, from one of the top Colleges in the US and his Global Professional in HR certification gives him a deep global mindset allowing him to work across not only functional boundaries but global borders as well.
Called a “natural coach”, Kevin attained certification in Executive Coaching after 9 months of intensive study at Henley Management College in the UK; one of Europe’s most prestigious Business Colleges. He has hundreds of hours coaching leaders in all functional areas. He is also a Certified InsideOut Coaching Process Facilitator, certified to teach Alan Fine’s GROW coaching model.
Mr. Richardson has helped several organizations design, set-up and facilitate internal coaching and mentoring initiatives which have been instrumental in strengthening the companies’ management capabilities. He has also developed and delivered dozens of training initiatives designed to drive business results through the building of critical competencies in key talent.
A high extrovert with powerful interpersonal and communication skills, he is adept at putting people at ease, building rapport and creating deep and sincere connections very quickly. Coupled with his high energy and sense of humor these skills make him an excellent and engaging consultant, coach and facilitator.
Fisher Phillips LLP
Jennifer Sandberg is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. Employers, In-House Counsel, and Human Resource professionals view her as a trusted advisor providing solid business advice. She works to understand her clients’ business and desired business outcomes in order to provide creative and cost-effective advice and counsel. She assists clients in accomplishing business objectives in the most efficient manner possible. Her advice is custom-tailored for employers with tens of thousands of employees or those with a mere handful of employees. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to providing clients with day-to-day preventive advice as employers design, manage, and carry out business initiatives. Clients appreciate her “no nonsense” approach to both daily concerns and developing major issues.
Chief Marketing Officer
Carrie Schonberg is Chief Marketing Officer at Ashton Woods, one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders, recently named Builder of the Year. During her tenure she relaunched the Ashton Woods brand, winning countless industry awards including Best Marketing Campaign and Best Builder Website, while contributing to the company’s growth from $300M in revenue to $1.5B. She later launched the Starlight Homes brand to address the needs of the growing entry level segment, helping them make the dream of home ownership a reality without breaking the bank. Carrie joined Ashton Woods in 2012 as Vice President of Marketing. Before this role, she spent nine years at Eastman Kodak, initially marketing film, and then running Kodak’s e-commerce business, selling the company’s portfolio of digital cameras and accessories at kodak.com. She later served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Kodak’s Inkjet Printing business, working closely with the company’s major retail partners including Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Staples. Prior to Kodak, Carrie worked in sports marketing at IMG. Carrie holds a B.A. and MBA from Emory University. In 2018 she was named to the Marketing Hall of Femme, which honors female marketers who have taken risks, pushed limits, and achieved standout success in their marketing careers.
Philip is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta, GA office. He has been practicing in the field of immigration since 2012.
Philip focuses on employment-based immigration, counseling multinational organizations, providing guidance in securing immigration benefits for individual employees, and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations. He also guides in strategic policy development related to all aspects of the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa process and filings before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Philip has experience with immigration filings in several industries including, IT consulting, medical, engineering, and finance, among others.
Philip is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for both the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Florida Coastal School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor.
Prior to joining Ogletree, Philip was an attorney with a Michigan-based immigration firm and operated the Atlanta, GA satellite office. He has also worked as an attorney in boutique immigration firm in Atlanta, GA, where he practiced all aspects of U.S. immigration law.
Founder and Managing Partner
Sales effectiveness consultant and leader with almost 20 years experience in sales, sales effectiveness, and management consulting. Worked with and for organizations of all sizes across several industries including technology, communications, financial services, manufacturing and non-profit. Founded Symmetrics Group in 2010.
Specialties: Specific areas of expertise include sales and marketing effectiveness, customer relationship management strategy, business strategy, sales strategy, process and skills training, and executive facilitation.
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Matt Simpson is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, where he is a member of the firm’s Automotive Dealership and Education Practice Groups. Matt represents management in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the United States Department of Labor.
Matt’s litigation practice is focused on the defense of class and collective actions. He has handled numerous collective actions involving claims for unpaid wages pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and represents both employers and consumer reporting agencies in class actions brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Matt also defends employers against single and multi-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination brought under various federal and state laws.
In addition to his litigation practice, Matt counsels employers and their managers on “preventive” employee relations. This includes advice on employee background screening and selection, drug and alcohol testing, wage and hour compliance, harassment investigations, and disciplinary strategies. Matt drafts employment applications, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete, non-solicitation, and severance agreements. He conducts regular employment and wage-hour audits for his clients to ensure that they continue to be in compliance with changing laws and regulations.
Matt currently sits on the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He is a past recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Award, and has been listed in each edition of Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars from 2011 to the Present. In 2015, Matt was recognized by Law360 as a Rising Star and one of the Top Labor and Employment Attorneys Under 40 in the nation.
Stanton Law, LLC
While working as an account executive for a technology company before law school, Todd Stanton saw firsthand the amount of time and energy business owners spend dealing with employee, administrative, and regulatory issues. Frustrated with these unproductive distractions from his boss’s core business, Todd decided to enter employment law so he could help employers develop and implement the policies, procedures, and safeguards necessary to help avoid these sorts of diversions. Todd’s goal was, and still is, to allow business owners, executives, and managers to focus passion and time on growing their businesses, not navigating red tape and babysitting disgruntled employees.
Building upon his experience with the reputable firms of Fisher & Phillips and Bryan Cave (formerly Powell Goldstein), and demonstrating the same entrepreneurial drive he admires in his clients, Todd founded Stanton Law LLC in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. Seeking to combine the quality of large firm representation with the flexibility, responsiveness, and cost-effectiveness of a nimbler shop, Todd’s practice remains dedicated to the employer side of the employer-employee relationship. From on-boarding new talent and assisting with the development of workable job descriptions, personnel policies, and compensation plans, to guiding clients through sticky disciplinary, performance, and leave issues, to executing respectful and amicable separations, Todd provides practical bottom line-oriented legal advice to small and medium-sized employers.
As legal counsel, Todd is focused on helping companies avert employment-related issues without sacrificing managerial efficiency. In most instances, a proactive approach to employment issues can prevent months of disruptive headaches down the road. When the inevitable disputes do arise, however, his litigation experience allows his clients to consider all available options to efficiently resolve the problem. He regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as labor departments, equal opportunity and human rights commissions, and employee safety administrations. He handles all manner of discrimination and harassment claims, as well as wage-and-hour disputes. While he sometimes has to take an adversarial approach, he prides himself on being able to focus on a solution that is the best and most efficient option for his clients. It is this type of dedication that led to him being tapped as one of Georgia’s 2013, 2014 and 2017 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine and included on The University of Georgia Alumni Association Bulldog 100 for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Stanton Law is also honored to have been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing law firms by the Law Firm 500 for the past three years.
When not working to represent the needs of employers, Todd enjoys hiking, landscaping, photography, and golf. He played NCAA baseball while at Washington & Lee University and his love of the game inspired him to coach the next generation of ball players. Two of his players are former Major Leaguers, while several others have gone on to play college or professional ball. He’s active in the Georgia Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Program and serves as counsel for Buckhead Baseball, Inc. Todd is also member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of DeKalb County. Todd also speaks with groups and organizations on a variety of employment law topics. To learn more, click here.
Todd lives in the Atlanta neighborhood of Morningside with his wife, Ashley, their two sons, Parker and Griffin, and their rescue setter-collie mix, Hattie. “I take great pride in being able to provide counsel to employers and help them achieve practical solutions to what are often very personal, and potentially expensive, problems. I feel very lucky to be where I am right now, doing work I believe in. I really have a pretty good gig.”
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Terri Stewart is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office. She represents management in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.
Her practice focuses on the defense of employment related lawsuits in trial and appellate courts, encompassing a variety of issues, including claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and related state claims such as trade secret infringement, restrictive covenants, breach of contract and tort actions.
Terri also frequently advises employers on reductions in force, drafts employment agreements, personnel policies, separation agreements and releases, and conducts on-site training on topics such as employment law compliance and avoidance of harassment claims.
Terri has been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2011. She also received the top “40 under 40” Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The award honors the top 40 business people in Atlanta under the age of 40. Recently, she was chosen by the Daily Report, Atlanta’s leading legal newspaper, as a member of the 2015 class of “On the Rise” – the top 40 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40.Terri is also a recent graduate of the L.E.A.D. Atlanta Class (a division of Leadership Atlanta).
Malika Terry, MBA, CCP
Director of Global Total Rewards Strategy
Malika Terry, MBA, CCP is a seasoned total rewards professional with 19+ years of experience in the human resources field. Throughout her career, Malika has worked for both midsized and large scaled companies, driving innovative total rewards programs that attract and retain high quality talent. She received her master’s degree in Business Administration with a major in International Business from Mercer University and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Georgia. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and an active member of several Professional Organizations such as WorldatWork, the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), SHRM-Atlanta, the Atlanta Area of Compensation Association (AACA), and the Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN).
Malika is passionate about community involvement and works to help shape the direction of her community and to improve the lives of youth in the Atlanta Area. She is the current Director of Programs & Planning for the Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. and an ambassador for United Way of Greater Atlanta as an Alumnus of the United Way Volunteer Improvement Program.
Malika also enjoys listening to audio books; traveling; entertaining family and friends; outdoor adventures; and watching college sports, especially the Georgia Bulldogs. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, Gabrielle and Danielle. Malika’s close friends refer to her as a master networker and the most resourceful person they know.
Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting
Audit Senior Manager
Since joining the Firm in 2009, Matt has worked primarily on audit and consulting services to public and private mid-market companies, with a focus on technology (Software, SaaS, Health IT and Fintech), biotechnology, services (including healthcare services) and manufacturing & distribution companies including international multi-location, publicly traded SEC registrants along with private equity backed and closely held companies.
Matt also has experience as a Controller and Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at a biotechnology company performing monthly financial reporting, the annual budget, ongoing forecasting activities and process implementation which further enables him to quickly understand his clients’ challenges and perspectives.
A Certified Public Accountant, Matt serves as a technical resource in complex accounting matters and SEC regulations. He has extensive experience with revenue recognition, business combinations, consolidations, debt and equity transactions, stock-based compensation, financial reporting including SEC reporting, income tax provisions, and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Group Vice President, Financial Well-Being
Caitlin Weaver leads internal Financial Well-Being programs for SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being, and is leading a movement to inspire Americans to gain financial confidence, offering tools and resources through onUp.com. Caitlin is responsible for helping to drive engagement for SunTrust’s +24,000 teammates across the United States through the design and implementation of financial well-being programs and solutions.
Prior to joining SunTrust in 2016, Caitlin held roles as Head of Learning & Development for RBC U.S. Markets, and Director of Leadership Development for the NYU Stern School of Business. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from NYU, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Coles College of Business
Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Center
Erin Wolf is a nationally-recognized speaker, executive coach and consultant in the areas of leadership development, diversity, organizational change, and organizational strategy. She has more than 25 years of experience and has worked for well-known firms such as Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Salomon Brothers Inc.
Erin is the Managing Partner of SuiteTrack, a firm dedicated to helping companies advance their female professionals and future leaders in the workplace. She is also the Founding Director of Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center where she develops and implements initiatives and connections that help women students and professionals reach their full leadership potential.
Immediately prior to Kennesaw and SuiteTrack, Erin was head of strategy for two different $1Billion + revenue companies. Previously, she was a Wall Street investment banker with Salomon Brothers and Goldman Sachs and then a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. She has authored two books, Lessons From the Trenches: A Woman’s Guide to Winning the Corporate Game and If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Secrets to Success from Top Women Business Leaders.
A former nationally ranked tennis player and scholarship athlete, Erin received her BA Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Spanish from Duke University and her MBA from Harvard University.