7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Attendee check in and sponsor table set up
|8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Opening remarks: Demetria Gilkey
|8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote - Marta Miranda-Straub: “Grace and Grit”
|9:35 – 10:35 a.m.
Karen Milliner: “Body Language for Leaders”
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Danita Taylor: “Building Confidence for Career Success”
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(waiting on room approval) Brynn Disseler: “Finance for HR Professionals”
|10:35 - 10:45 a.m.
||Break with sponsors
|10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Vivian Blade: “What’s Your Next Career Move? How to Move FORWARD with Confidence”
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Jennifer Hoert: “Practicing Self Care to Avoid Burnout”
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(waiting on room approval) Shelly Trent: “Negotiation Skills for Women”
|11:50 - 2:00 p.m.
Sponsor Announcements and
Lunch Keynote - Cathy Fyock: “Becoming a Woman of Influence”
|2:00 - 2:15 p.m.
||Break with sponsors
|2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
||“Connecting Women Past, Present, and Future: Career Pathways Panel”
|3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
||Break with sponsors
|4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote - Nikki Jackson, VP and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: “Creating a Supportive Workplace for Women and Women of Color”
SPEAKERS and sessions
Demetria Gilkey: Master of Ceremonies
Demetria Gilkey is a life coach, business consultant, and professional speaker. In her signature life-coaching program, “Blossom Into You,” she can help you have more clarity, unlock your purpose, flourish in your life and career, improve your confidence, and more. As a business consultant, she works with corporations that want to improve their customer experience. She is also a frequent emcee and event facilitator.
Breakfast Keynote Session – AWAITING SPEAKER CONFIRMATION
Marta M. Miranda-Straub, MSW: “Grace and Grit” or “Conflict Management”
is an engaging, passionate, and impactful public speaker with over 40 years of experience in multiple roles in the academic, non-profit and for-profit arena. Marta has over 40 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice during which she has held multiple roles, such as, professor, social researcher, executive leader, psychotherapist, group worker, community organizer, advocate, activist, coach, trainer, facilitator and keynote speaker. She is the immediate past President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families. She is an established consultant, executive leader, community organizer, trainer, coach, published author, storyteller, and poet with a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Marta is a seasoned leader living and working in the intersection of gender, race, and sexualities. For Marta, the personal is political and she shares her personal and professional experiences with humor and authenticity.
Morning Concurrent Sessions
Karen Milliner: “Body Language for Leaders”
Karen Milliner founded Professional Networking Services (PNS) in 2014, developing training programs for various networking issues her clients encountered. She helped them understand the What, Why, and How of effective communication using neurolinguistic information. Adding a body language component allowed clients to understand how to become more dynamic presenters and to identify how their audiences perceived their information. Karen rebranded PNS to Linguistical: The Art of Communication in 2018. Karen’s background includes finance, marketing, and education, and she holds a CC/CL designation from Toastmasters, International. Karen attended UofL and Sullivan majoring in Marketing and Sales Management.
Danita Taylor, SHRM-SCP, ACC: “Building Confidence for Career Success”
As founding member of LeaderShift Coaching, Danita Taylor has over 15 years of experience as an executive and leadership coach, trainer, and speaker. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Louisville, Danita is an Associate Certified Coach, and is certified in DISC and emotional intelligence. Danita is also co-chair of LSHRM’s Career Advancement Program, and she teaches leadership classes for UofL’s Executive Education program. Danita’s passion is helping others build confidence to live their passion!
Vivian Blade: “What’s Your Next Move? How to Move FORWARD with Confidence”
Vivian is a recognized talent management expert, working with companies to build solid and sustainable bench strength in their leadership pipeline. In her work as a consultant, author, keynote speaker, trainer, and executive coach, her passion in Building Leaders and Developing Excellence empowers companies to fuel incredible leadership, and professionals to fuel incredible careers.
Vivian has over 20 years of experience working for Fortune 100 companies, GE and Humana. She holds an MBA and teaches aspiring leaders at the UofL College of Business. She is a prolific writer whose articles (featured in professional, industry, and business publications) and published book have helped thousands of professionals succeed. She is the author of FuelForward®️: Discover Proven Practices to Fuel Your Career Forward and a contributor to Find Your Fit, a book from the Association for Talent Development.
Jennifer Hoert, Ph.D., PHR, SHRM-CP, CHC, CPXP: “Practicing Self Care to Avoid Burnout”
Luncheon Keynote Session
Cathy Fyock, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSP: “Becoming a Woman of Influence”
Cathy is the author of eight published books and several forthcoming books. She leads her own consulting/coaching/speaking practice and has been a member of the National Speakers Association for more than 20 years, having been a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) since 1993. Prior to her work as a business book strategist, Cathy was an employment strategist, combining her knowledge of work force issues and her talents as a speaker, consultant, and author to inspire business leaders to attract and engage top talent and improve productivity in an aging and changing workplace. She has worked as the leader of her own firm, Innovative Management Concepts, for more than 20 years. A dynamic speaker and seminar leader, Cathy has provided over 200 national seminars for the Society for Human Resource Management, including presentations at more than 20 annual SHRM conferences.
Connecting Women Past, Present, and Future: Career Pathways Panel
Ingrid Adams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Senior VP-Wealth Advisor Recruitment Manager and an Investment Advisor Representative, for Hilliard Lyons, a Baird Company, where she has worked for over 20 years. Ingrid is a past president of LSHRM and appeared in national SHRM’s “The Solution is SHRM” ads several years ago. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and was formerly on the Board of Home of the Innocents.
Anne Dawson, CEBS, is a Principal and Senior Client Manager in the Louisville office of Mercer. During her 20 years with Mercer, she has consulted on a variety of issues including compensation design, human capital strategies, health care and group benefits, and defined benefit/contribution plan strategies, as well as experience managing administration system implementations in complex environments. She has extensive project management experience that equips her with a perspective on how business solutions and HR issues need to be in sync with an organization’s overall strategy and operational goals. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellarmine University, and she is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
Tammye Henderson, SHRM-CP, is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Brown-Forman, where she has worked for over 17 years in various HR roles. She holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in HR from Sullivan University. She has been recently assigned to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council with The Conference Board.
Lynn Ingmire, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the President/Owner of Essential HR Partners, LLC, and has over 30 years of HR experience in manufacturing, distribution, transportation, food processing, and education, in small and large companies, in both union and non-union environments. Before starting her own consulting business, she was VP of HR for the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives. Lynn is past president of LSHRM and past chair of KYSHRM and a contributing author to What's Next in Human Resources, with a chapter entitled "Dream Job -- or HR Nightmare."
Lisa Johnson, SHRM-SCP, is the owner of HR Know-How LLC, an HR consultancy committed to providing cost-effective, appropriately designed training, coaching, and public speaking to organizations focused on improving management leadership skills and strengthening culture of compliance. Lisa’s prior experience includes various HR roles in organizations such as Unilever, Carrier, Toyota, and Johnson Controls. She is on the board of LSHRM and active in the National Speakers Association. She was recently published in Imagination@Work: Shifting Boundaries in The Modern Workplace.
Mariela Rodriguez is an HR generalist with over five years of experience in Puerto Rico and the U.S. She holds a bachelor’s degree in HR management from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and is working toward her PHR certification. She is a member of LSHRM and recently started a new position as HR Staffing Coordinator with Malone Staffing Solutions. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a notary public in Kentucky.
Trasee Whitaker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Senior VP and CHRO for Masonic Communities Kentucky. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), and previously served as Chair of KYSHRM and President of LSHRM. Trasee was the Lyle Hanna Volunteer Spirit Award recipient for 2017 and recognized by Business First as one of the top 20 People to Know in Human Resources.
Closing Keynote Session
Nikki Jackson: “Creating a Supportive Workplace for Women and Women of Color”
Nikki Jackson was appointed regional executive of the Louisville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in October 2014. Jackson's experience includes serving as personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA, vice chancellor of human resources for Maricopa Community Colleges, and other positions in both the health care and legal fields. She earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and a BA in Journalism from Hampton University. Jackson is a member of SHRM, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Employment Law Council, and the International Women's Forum. In 2009, she was selected as one of the Business First of Louisville's "Forty Under Forty" winners. In that same year, she was included in the "10 Most Influential Women of Louisville."