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2013 HR Leadership Summit Speakers


 *Speakers are listed in order of appearance.

Caroline Dellaway is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, working specifically with their HR Transformation service line, focusing on HR business operations, process and technology. Caroline works with clients to improve operational efficiency and to streamline non-value added tasks through enabling technology. She represents the team of researchers at Deloitte who performed the research study that provided the foundation for today's HR Summit.

 Cathy Anderson is a professor in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. A former trial attorney, Cathy has also served as provost of Queens and as a business consultant.  She has also lived a dual life, writing as Cathy Pickens, the author of five mystery novels; Southern Fried, the first in the series, won St. Martin's Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery.  She is a frequent speaker at national and regional mystery and writers' conventions, and she serves on the national boards for two writers' organizations. On the faculty of the McColl School of Business, Cathy's teaching garnered her the Grier Distinguished Professor and Fuqua Distinguished Educator awards.  In the MBA program, she brought her interests together in a popular course on developing the creative process. 

John L. Bennett is Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the MS in Executive Coaching program in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at academic, professional, and client conferences and workshops. John is an executive coach, management consultant, educator and author. John earned his MPA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as well as the Certified Management Consultant credential through the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC).


 Brent Brower is Managing Partner of HR-DNA, a provider of human capital business solutions in Charlotte, NC.  He is a Business and Personal Coach and Consultant with over 30 years of professional experience helping individuals and organizations achieve success by accelerating the development of both people and profits. As a leader and coach, Brent has demonstrated his effectiveness in many settings including: Fortune 100 Corporations, Small Business, Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial, Technical, Church, and Community. Brent holds the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC), which is the highest designation achievable through the rigorous International Coach Federation credentialing program, is a graduate of Corporate Coach University and is a founding board member and past President of the International Coach Federation Charlotte Area Chapter.

Ann Blakeney Clark is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, leading the district's curriculum and instruction and overseeing area superintendents and school principals. She has been with the district since 1983, when she joined the district as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally handicapped children. Ann is currently partnering with the Executive Leadership Institute, the McColl School of Business and the Cato School of Education at Queens on a program called the School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA). Ann is dedicated to providing training and development for school leaders and this program is designed to accelerate the flow of qualified leaders to our schools.

 Colleen Gentry is a master coach and consultant with Cambria bringing over 20 years of experience in executive and organizational development to Cambria's Coaching practice. An innovator and leader in this area, Colleen has directed several executive and leadership development functions with Fortune 200 firms. Colleen consults with organizations regarding strategy and implementation of Executive Coaching programs. She has worked with a broad spectrum of business engagements ranging from executive coaching, large-scale change efforts, culture integration, and high-potential development programs. Along with being a graduate of the Newfield Network's Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery, Colleen is a member of the National OD Network, the International Consortium of Coaching in Organizations, the International Enneagram Association, and the International Coach Federation.

 Rashidah Lopez Morgan is currently the Director of Leadership Strategy with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In her role, she leads programs and initiatives that focus on building the leadership capacity in the district in order to drive student achievement. Her responsibilities include leading the district's initiative that focuses on building a comprehensive approach to identifying, hiring, evaluating and supporting principals and assistant principals and managing a program focused on retaining and developing high potential teachers.

 Karin Davies is Vice President of Human Resources at Peak 10, Inc. She is responsible for all human resources activities supporting business growth and centering on the attraction and retention of the Peak 10 team. Prior to joining Peak 10, Karin served as the Senior Human Resources Division Manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems' commercial business units. She also spent fourteen years in various human resources management positions including holding senior leadership roles with AdTran, a manufacturer of high-speed telecommunication devices and CTI-Siemens, a manufacturer of medical imaging devices. Karin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR). She also holds additional professional certifications in leading organizational transition and delivering performance feedback and coaching.

David Jones co-founded Peak 10 in March of 2000 and currently serves President and CEO of the company. Peak 10 is a leading independent data center, managed services, and cloud computing solutions provider in the United States. The company delivers cost-effective cloud computing solutions without a large capital investment or compromising security, reliability or performance, to business partners.  Peak 10 was named to Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the country for two consecutive years and the Company has been voted one of the top 10 Best Places to Work by the Charlotte Business Journal for the last three years. David has over 25 years of combined executive leadership experience in sales, marketing and operations with Telecom*USA and MCI. He also serves on the board of advisors of Queens University's McColl School of Business.

Liz Horgan is a social media consultant with Strategic Social Media who helps local businesses and individuals market, grow and prosper by adding social media to their marketing and business plan. She also does hands-on social media training and is a speaker who shares practical social media networking solutions. She holds a Masters in Strategic Communication from the Knight School of Communication at Queens.

Amy Noland Pack is a Principal Partner with AccruePartners.  With more than 15 years of temporary staffing and executive search experience, Amy also brings a depth and wealth of insight and experience to AccruePartners. Noland's areas of expertise include search and direct hire placement, branch operations and management, new market development, existing market turnaround and national account sales and management. Amy believes that the use of social media is here to stay and is critical in today's HR industry. AccruePartners has been praised for their use of social media in their business and recruiting efforts.

Michael Arena, Ph.D., is the Head of Global Talent and Organizational Capability for General Motors Corporation. In this role he is responsible for talent management, strategic workforce analytics, talent acquisition, organization development, the GM Leadership Academy and the Pivot Innovation Lab. Dr. Arena also serves as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science in the McColl School of Business. Prior to joining General Motors, Arena served as senior vice president of leadership development for Bank of America's Global Consumer and Small Business Banking group, where he was responsible for talent management, executive development and organizational development. In this role he co-designed and launched the Center for Future Banking and created the Consumer Banking Design organization, each dedicated to driving disruptive innovations and business models to satisfy implicit customer needs. He has consulted with a multitude of Fortune 500 organizations in his 20 plus years of practice in driving organizational change, talent development and innovation.

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