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Keynote Speakers

John C. Fox

John C. Fox, Esq.

Mr. Fox represents companies and tries cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Fox has extensive trial experience, having spent more than 300 days in trial. Mr. Fox was also lead trial counsel in the first of the four wage-hour class actions known to have been tried in California and was lead trial counsel in what are believed to have been the two largest disability law suits in the United States. He is an across-the-board employment lawyer representing management nationwide.

Mr. Fox helps companies nationwide build effective human resources system. He also provides strategic advice relating to employment practices to help them minimize their legal risk.

Connect with John C. Fox: LinkedIn |

John Robinson

John Robinson

John Robinson is Managing Partner and CEO of Our Ability. Robinson is a motivational/inspirational speaker as well as a video executive producer on numerous award winning productions for Public Broadcasting and web. In the past two years, Robinson has been from Australia to the White House discussing the Obstacles he has Overcome.

Connect with John Robinson: @getoffyourknees | LinkedIn


Lori Adams

Iowa Workforce Development
Division Administrator/Workforce Services

Matt Brogdon

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Military and Veteran Programs Manager


Lou Candiello

EMC Corporation
Sr. Manager, Global Talent Acquisition


Candee J. Chambers

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Compliance & Partnerships

Rosa Coppedge

Director, EEO/AA Compliance

Rosemary Cox

Senior Business Consultant

Lourdes Diaz

VP of Diversity & Strategic Partnerships

Bill Dowling

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Employment and Training Director

Robert Dromgoole

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Director Recruiting National Security


Tom Eckhart

DirectEmployers Association
VP of Membership Development

Michael Ellsworth

State of Minnesota
Program Director, CareerOneStop


James Emmett

Poses Family Foundation
Corporate Disability Consultant


Seth Flater

DirectEmployers Association
Manager – Digital Strategy


Shanna Fowler

Grantham University
Career Services Manager


Jennifer Giering

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Director of Business and State Engagement, Hiring Our Heroes

Howard Green

National Organization on Disability
Deputy Director of Corporate Programs

Angie Grilliot

UnitedHealth Group
Director, Recruitment Operations


Beth Hammond

VIP, Inc.
Director of Training

Courtney Hawkes

Phillips 66
Sr. Advisor, University Relations & Recruiting


Tracy Hudson Spicer

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Deputy Director of the Washington Field Office

Richard Le

Vanderbilt University
Talent Development Manager

Kathleen Lee

Cornell University
Business Outreach Specialist

Trisha McKean

University of Colorado Boulder
Director of Development, Leeds School of Business

Christy Merriman

DirectEmployers Association
NLX Operations Manager

Rosaly Morsheimer

UnitedHealth Group
Project Manager – Talent Acquisition Service Delivery


Meg O'Connell

Global Disability Inclusion
Managing Partner

Charlie Palumbo

Virginia Employment Commission
Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Katie Pfledderer

DirectEmployers Association
Director of Production


Jim Pierce

Piercing Strategies

Rob Polston

Intel Corporation
Program Manager, Military Veteran Recruiting & Staffing


Tom Poole

Director of Recruiting


Jerold A. Ramos Sr.

AlliedBarton Security Services
Director, Strategic Recruiting/Military Liaison


Kristine Rhodes

NAS Recruitment Innovation
Vice-President Marketing


Beth Ronnenburg

Berkshire Associates

Annette Rosta

Associate Director, Recruiting Diversity & Compliance

Deb Russell

Global Disability Inclusion
Managing Partner

Thad Satterfield

Phillips 66
Director University Relations & Recruiting


David Scheffler

Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services
Vice President Compliance

Kristy Seidel

Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Director of Talent Acquisition

AJ Selvey

DirectEmployers Association
Assistant VP of Membership Development

Michelle Shea

Charles Schwab
Recruitment Program Manager

Sophia Sissamis

Phillips 66
Associate HR Business Partner

Jason Sole

DirectEmployers Association
Director of Production


Charlie Terrell

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
NLX Operations Manager


Julie Toskey

State of Minnesota, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Staff Director

Sheryl Von Westernhagen

OfficeMax, Inc.
Director, Metrics & Compliance

*Agenda subject to change.