HR Leadership Summit Speakers
The following speakers have been confirmed for this year's HR Leadership Summit. Find the conference's entire list of speakers and event schedule below.
Bradd Craver is the Managing Director of the Carolinas Consulting Practice for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has nearly thirty years of 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 Consulting 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.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of American Tire Distributors (ATD), Stuart Schuette drives the innovation necessary to continue to grow the business and exceed customers’ expectations. Stuart joined ATD as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. He has led the team to be the most connected and insightful automotive solutions provider, linking customers to the road ahead with a rapid distribution network, unrivaled sales specialists, an industry-leading digital platform and robust data analytic capabilities. Prior to joining ATD, Stuart held a variety of executive sales, finance and operations positions at US Foods. He was critically involved in transforming the US Foods brand, sales and functional organization. Before US Foods, Stuart was an executive at Martin Brower, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, LLC, the world’s largest distributor of products to more than 8,400 McDonald’s restaurants. Stuart began his career at Arthur Andersen in Chicago. In 2019, he was recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Charlotte Business Journal. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business administration from Illinois State University.
Rebecca Sinclair is the Chief People and Communications Officer at American Tire Distributors (ATD), where she has a dual focus on connecting and developing ATD’s talent across the enterprise to drive its cultural transformation, and redefining the company’s relationships with key stakeholders through strategic public relations, thought leadership and reputation management programs. Rebecca joined American Tire Distributors as Chief People Officer in February 2017. She has proven to be a strategic and systemic leader who leverages people, modern technology, insights driven by analytics and a unique approach to HR to create sustainable talent and business solutions. Through her leadership, ATD has been able to focus on a people-first strategy to better engage its teams, strengthen its recruiting and retention efforts, and position the company as an employer of choice. With two decades of human resources leadership, Rebecca has a proven track record of leading business and people transformation. She’s served as the chief human resources officer and executive for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Southeastern Grocers, Hooters LLC, and Clear Channel Media. Most recently, she served as the chief human resources officer for Southeastern Grocers, the fifth largest conventional supermarket in the U.S. with more than 65,000 associates. In 2016, she was recognized as a Most Powerful & Influential Woman by the Florida Diversity Council. Rebecca was most recently named a Leader of Distinction in Human Resources by HRO Today. Rebecca received her Master of Business Administration in International Business from The University of Texas at Arlington and B.A. in Interpersonal and Rhetorical Communications from Iowa State University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Asian Business Studies from Tongji University in Shanghai.
Jennifer Appleby is president and chief creative officer of marketing communications firm Wray Ward, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. A creative and innovative thinker who began her career as an art director, Jennifer’s strategic vision and leadership have guided Wray Ward’s growth, making the agency one of the largest women-owned businesses in the region. Jennifer is passionate about giving back to the community and has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership and pro bono services to Charlotte organizations in the fields of arts and culture, human services, economic development and education, including Queens University’s Charlotte Business Woman of the Year. She currently serves on the board of directors for Charlotte Center City Partners and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Jennifer is a graduate of Penn State University where she holds BA in Art/Graphic Design.
LoriAnn Boyer is the talent development director for Wray Ward, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. With more than 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and talent development, LoriAnn has built hiring strategies and procured talent for diverse companies including, but not limited to, Wray Ward, Accenture, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, McGladrey, Nature Made Vitamins and Belk. LoriAnn’s passion for hiring and developing top talent coupled with her ability to partner strategically with key stakeholders, deliver high-caliber results, and provide exceptional client and candidate experiences have been cornerstones of her success. LoriAnn is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute where she majored in biblical studies and theology.
M. Quentin “Q” Williams
Williams is an author, educator, international speaker, attorney, former FBI agent and former federal prosecutor. He is also the founder of Dedication to Community (D2C), a non-profit, advocacy program that engages young people, law enforcement, community groups in the conversation around Diversity, Belonging and Equity—as well as the Connections and Relationships that make for a great life. Williams’ talks have been acclaimed by business, political, education, law enforcement and community leaders worldwide, including lectures at Harvard University, the FBI Academy and global companies.
Lou Solomon is an author, TEDx speaker and CEO of Interact Studio, a communications company that develops leaders into the communicators they were meant to be in order to build trust and make an authentic contribution to their employees, customers, investors and communities. Solomon has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. She is also co-founder of the school’s annual TWIST Conference for Women.
Carolyn Roach is the Vice President of Global Talent Management at JELD-WEN, Inc. located in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing global programs that increase the skills and capabilities of business leaders to drive results. She leads teams focused on selection, talent development, global HR processes and the HR technology and infrastructure. Prior to joining JELD-WEN, Carolyn worked across a variety of HR roles in multiple industries and geographies. Carolyn holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Paul Joyce is the Executive Director, at the Executive Leadership Institute at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Paul and his ELI colleagues provide custom leadership development programs, executive coaching, and consulting services to organizations in the greater Charlotte area and across the Carolinas. Prior to joining ELI, Paul was Director in PWC’s Management Consulting practice, serving as the firm’s Strategic Change Practice Leader. Paul is an adjunct faculty member in Queens’ McColl School of Business.