Cathy Anderson, Wireman Professor of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
Cathy holds a B.S. in Financial Management and a Juris Doctorate degree and was a partner in the law firm Few & Anderson, a firm specializing in complex civil litigation on referral from other attorneys. Her primary areas of practice included product liability, catastrophic medical negligence, commercial contract litigation, antitrust, and securities litigation.
In 1984, she joined the faculty of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to having held administrative positions as University Provost and Vice-Chair of the McColl School, she teaches ethics and legal environment of business in the MBA and EMBA programs. Cathy's teaching garnered her the Grier Distinguished Professor award and the first Fuqua Distinguished Educator award.
Cathy offers management seminars on topics such as employment law, sexual harassment, negotiation, writing skills, health care law, and business ethics. Her consulting and speaking experience is diverse: she has spoken at national symposia on emergency research issues and given testimony before FDA/NIH joint hearing on informed consent in emergency care research; helped research and evaluate the economic impact of a South Carolina gold mining operation; and offered seminars to banks, internal audit teams, hospitals, health care groups, not-for-profits, city-county government, property managers, civic leadership training programs, and others.
Michael Arena, Ph.D, Head of Global Talent & Organizational Capability, General Motors
Michael is responsible for enterprise talent management, strategic workforce analytics, talent acquisition, executive development and global learning. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline. These approaches have been complemented with qualitative research methods such as design thinking to discover the effective nuances of local solutions.
Prior to joining GM, Michael served as senior vice president of Leadership Development for Bank of America's Global Consumer and Small Business Banking group, where he led talent management, executive development and organizational development. He also co-designed and launched the Center for Future Banking in partnership with MIT and created the Consumer Banking Design organization dedicated to driving customer-based innovation.
Michael spent two years as a visiting scientist within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, where he studied the intersection of human behavior, innovation and social connectivity. Additionally, he served as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. His most recent research focuses on emergent innovation and complexity leadership within large organizations. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Dynamics from the Union Institute and University. He currently serves as board chair of the Plexus Institute, board member of the Innovation Institute and as a business council member for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Mary Bell, HR Leader, Trane Commercial Systems, Ingersoll Rand
Mary has over twenty years of strategic HR experience including involvement in start-up operations. She was a key member of leadership for launching a foreign-owned manufacturing enterprise.
Mary has been with Ingersoll Rand for six years with district and regional HR leadership roles; supporting multiple vice presidents of sales and service operations. Within Ingersoll Rand's North American operations, Mary is currently HR Director of Energy Services & Controls and Services/Customer Care, two growth platforms for Trane Commercial Systems.
Mary received undergraduate degrees in French, Political Economy and Philosophy from Wofford College and earned her masters in HR from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She resided in Columbia, South Carolina.
John Bennett, Ph.D, Professor, Business & Behavioral Science, Director, McColl Business School in Executive Coaching Program & Director of the MS in Organization Development Program, Queens University of Charlotte
In addition to teaching at Queens, John is president of Lawton Associates, a consulting and executive coaching firm focused on helping individual, teams and organizations prepare for, excel through, and improve from change.
He has nearly 30 years of progressively challenging and successful experience creating, leading and being a part of change in various industries. John was CEO of an American Red Cross biomedical services division, where he led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations and the development and delivery of essential human services. John has also led mergers and turnarounds, new product development, marketing and technology system designs and integrations. He served as CEO of The Foundation of Coaching, a project of the Harnisch Foundation and as Senior Vice President and Talent Solutions Director for Lee Hecht Harrison.
John earned a BS degree from Mars Hill College, MPA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA and Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential through the Center for Credentialing & Education. He is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association (APA), ICF, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Currently, John serves on president of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching and vice president of the NCIOP. He was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
Jason Bingham, Vice President of Energy Services and Controls, Ingersoll Rand
Jason is currently Vice President of Energy Services and Controls which is one of the strategic businesses for Ingersoll Rand. In his previous role he served as vice president for Trane North America in which he was responsible for the $1.2 billion central territory. Other leadership positions held within the company were vice president of strategy and district manager for Trane's Virginia district. Jason has proven his ability to deliver business results while developing strategies, planning processes and leadership curriculums that have now been distributed across the nation. Under his leadership and guidance, Trane has exceeded business expectations and created a winning culture regionally and nationally.
Jason paid forward these lessons through his book, "Cultureship: The ACBs of Business Leadership", which has far-reaching implications in shaping the way businesses perceive and strategically develop their cultures to deliver bottom line results. The book clearly shows how culture is not only directly connected to business results, but that contrary to popular belief, culture can change quickly. He delivers this through a genuine, no-nonsense approach that achieves real results.
Jason has been substantially involved in both the business and civic community serving in leadership capacities including board member of the Roanoke City School Board and as a member of Ingersoll Rand's Global Culture Committee and Global Sales Council. As a Virginia Western Foundation Board member, Jason helped establish Roanoke City's Community College Access Program, which enables all high school seniors who meet academic and financial criteria to attend Virginia Western tuition-free. Both Ingersoll Rand and Trane are charter members of the program.
Harry Bowen, Ph.D, Professor, Economics and International Business, McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
Harry joined the McColl School of Business in 2007. Prior to that he was Professor of Economics and International Business at the Vlerick-Leuven-Gent Management School in Belgium and he was visiting Associate Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine, where he also served on the faculty of the Department of Economics. Harry served as Staff Economist in the Office of Foreign Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and he has held the titles of Faculty Research Fellow and Research Economist with the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1997, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Madagascar, where he lectured and conducted research. Harry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and his doctorate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Harry is internationally recognized for his research on the determinants of international trade patterns and international competitiveness. His research also encompasses topics in corporate strategy; entrepreneurship; international trade policy; international migration and applied statistical methods. He is a coauthor of the text Applied International Trade (2012, Palgrave-Macmillan: London). A former Olin Fellow in Empirical Economics, he has lectured at numerous foreign universities. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has served as a consultant to various government agencies, corporations and private nonprofit institutions, including the 3M Corporation, American Chamber of Commerce (Belgium), Chrysler Corporation, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Bradd Craver, Managing Director of the Carolinas Consulting Practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Bradd has over twenty five years' experience in developing organizational capabilities within the Talent and Human Capital arena. Bradd has worked in a variety of industries including oil and gas, consumer and industrial products manufacturing, retail, automotive and public sector. He focuses on areas within HR such as: talent acquisition; development; competency modeling and assessments; career path development and; workforce planning.
Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche LLP in 1998, Bradd led the HR function for a consumer products manufacturing facility where he was responsible for hiring, on boarding, labor relations, OSHA and EPA compliance and quality.
Bradd is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Business and Accountancy. He is active in youth missions work, loves to play golf and enjoys spending quality time with family.
Kristin Crispell, Analyst, Organizational Effectiveness, Piedmont Natural Gas
Kristin Crispell is an Organizational Effectiveness Analyst at Piedmont Natural Gas, where she is involved in leadership development, change management, talent management, and performance management. She has a background in assessment and selection with The US Naval Advancement Center and The Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Alabama, in addition to employment as an Executive Recruiter.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gannon University and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of West Florida. She enjoys running, reading, painting and cooking in her free time.
Jeff Edge, Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
As the leader of the Charlotte Chamber's economic development team Jeff's primary focus is on the recruitment of corporate headquarters as well as manufacturing operations. His specialties for recruitment include the motorsports, energy and financial service industries. A few of the higher profile companies that he has assisted with locations in Charlotte include Carrier Corporation, General Motors, TJ Maxx, Stanley Black & Decker, SPEED Channel, Blue Bell Creameries, IKEA, Shutterfly, The Shaw Group, Siemens Energy, Time Warner Cable, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Jason's Deli and Cooper Wiring Devices.
Edge serves on the boards of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation, N.C. State University Industrial Extension Service, 600 Festival Association and on the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Polymers Center of Excellence. Edge is active in several professional associations including the North Carolina Economic Developers Association, International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council.
Edge received a B.A. from Furman University in 1982. He is also a graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course at UNC Chapel Hill, the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Institute of Organization Management at the University of Georgia.
Renee Hansen, PhD, Managing Director, Talent and Performance Excellence, Piedmont Natural Gas
Renee joined Piedmont Natural Gas in 2001 and leads the development and implementation of comprehensive workforce strategies to increase individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. Her areas of responsibility include recruitment, selection, talent development, employee and labor relations, and organizational effectiveness. In her role, Renee works extensively in the areas of culture, leadership development, talent management, learning and development, and performance improvement.
Prior to joining Piedmont, Renee worked as a consultant assisting organizations in the airline, pharmaceutical, financial services, and telecommunications industries in all areas of human capital.
Renee received her Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master's and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Troy Hayes, Psy.D., Director of Global Talent and Organizational Development, Ingersoll Rand
Troy has worked for the past eight years at Ingersoll Rand in multiple roles. He has spent significant time in most regions in which Ingersoll Rand does business around the world. As leader of talent management and organizational development for climate solutions, the largest and newest sector in Ingersoll Rand, he was responsible for leading the talent acquisition, training and development, and the overall talent management functions for the global sector. His work there included supporting and driving significant organizational changes in the merging of three businesses (Trane, Thermo King and Hussmann). In addition, he led a talent solutions strategy that incorporated many aspects of HR to drive a more strategic and solution focused approach in the businesses.
Troy moved into a corporate role of leading executive and leadership development for the company. He served in that role for six months, after which he was asked to take on several other COE functions based on a large re-organization. His current role of leading talent management and leadership development includes talent management, organizational development, executive recruiting, career development and leadership development for the company. He also has a specific operational role for talent and organizational development in Latin America.
Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Troy worked as a senior consultant at RHR International. His nearly seven years there were focused on executive assessment and development work with numerous domestic and global companies. He has worked extensively overseas and lived in Europe for several years. He was originally educated and trained in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and holds both a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from that institution. His Bachelors degree is in Psychology from Brigham Young University with a minor in Italian.
Amber Lineback, Manager, Organizational Effectiveness, Piedmont Natural Gas
Amber Lineback has a passion for growth, development, challenges, and new adventures. By day she works as the Manager - Organizational Effectiveness for Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, NC. In that capacity, her responsibilities include people strategy, performance management, leadership development, talent management, team building, coaching, change management, and culture development.
She considers facilitation and group dynamics to be her sweet spot - it blends her interests, strengths, and organizational needs. Prior to working in Organizational Effectiveness, Amber had experience in communications, information services, and external consulting.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and she earned her Master of Science in Organizational Development from the McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte.
By night (and any other free moments during the day), Amber enjoys travelling, snow skiing, photography, reading, yoga, and sharing her quirky sense of humor. She and her dog, Sterling, live in Charlotte, NC.
Richard Louie, Analyst, Organizational Effectiveness, Piedmont Natural Gas
Richard Louie is an Organizational Effectiveness Analyst at Piedmont Natural Gas. His passions at work include designing assessments, developing a high performance culture, and analyzing Piedmont's talent pipeline.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Studies with a minor in Business from George Mason University, and he earned his Master of Arts in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Richard also enjoys participating in the Piedmont Natural Gas Toastmasters Club, training at South Charlotte Crossfit, and attending various types of yoga classes.
Nancy McNelis, Associate Provost and Managing Director for External Relations, Queens University of Charlotte
Nancy is responsible for cultivating relationships with Charlotte region businesses to advance university internship and career programs, adult and graduate programs, and conference and event services, in addition to providing connectivity between Queens University of Charlotte academic programs and the greater community.
Prior to joining Queens, Nancy held two roles within subsidiaries of Manpower. She was vice president of client services consulting for Right Management and the managing director of the Carolina's practice of Jefferson Wells International. She was responsible for overseeing service, operations, growth and business development for this global provider of accounting and finance-related services. In addition, she served as director of internal audit and controls and business development manager for Jefferson Wells. She was instrumental in the development of the firms approach to the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002. Prior to joining Jefferson Wells, Nancy worked for Transamerica Reinsurance as vice president of finance and vice president of operations. She started her career with Ernst and Young with her primary focus on accounting and audit issues in the banking and insurance industries.
Committed to service, Nancy is actively engaged in several community organizations serving in leadership roles including 2012 President Elect and Funds Development of Leadership Charlotte Board, 2011 Treasurer of Leadership Charlotte Board, 2011 Co-Chair of Women Executives for Community Service "Give Her Wings" Scholarship Campaign,2007-2008 and 2010-2012 Women Executives for Community Service Board Member, 2007-2008 President of Women Executives and the 2004-2007 Treasurer and Secretary of Women Executives.
Moira Quinn, Chief Operating Officer & SVP of Communications, Charlotte Center City Partners
Moira is responsible for the daily operations of Center City Partners, including budgeting, facility operations, contracts, HR and CCCP's contractual relationship with the City of Charlotte. She is also responsible for internal & external communications with Center City stakeholders and media relations.
She is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte where she is Trustee Emeritus and on the Board of Advisors for the Knight School of Communication. Moira has also served on the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association where she was President during the University's Sesquicentennial.
Moira is Immediate past President of Temple Beth El, North Carolina's largest Reform congregation, a member of the Charlotte Jewish Federation Community Relations Council and Mecklenburg Ministries' Friday Friends Steering and Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Committees. She is on the Boards of the Metro Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber, May 20th Society and Carolinas Freedom Foundation. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Women Executives, the CRVA's Visitor Advisory Committee and was Co-Chairman of the Media Committee for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Complete Count Committee.