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Meet our Presenters - 2020



    Meet our Presenters                  

                   5.25  SHRM/HRCI Credits Approved

    Evolution of HR | Judson Laipply


    Judson Laipply, from the Youtube sensation, the Evolution of Dance, will deliver the keynote in the 2020 conference.

    Judson Laipply is an enigma wrapped in an anomaly contained inside a quandary. Combining comedy and content, laughter and learning, energy and engagement Judson gives his audiences both instant joy and lasting impact. He’s been seen on the Today Show, Ellen, Oprah, GMA, and more.

    He is the world’s first YouTube Celebrity and his finale “The Evolution of Dance” has over a billion impressions. He’s been speaking and performing for over 15 years and has been all around the globe. He is also an Ironman Triathlete, terrible singer, and reformed Kool-Aid eater. 

    Equal Pay | Brian Ayers

    Brian Ayers is the Managing Attorney for Affirmative Action Planning Services at Employers Council. Brian joined the Council in March 2017 having previously practiced in New York. Brian advises members on their federal affirmative action obligations and on compliance with federal contracting requirements. Brian also advises members on state and federal pay equity laws and prepares Pay Equity Analyses for members who wish to conduct a statistical analysis of their pay structure and possible legal vulnerabilities. Brian trains members on a variety of topics, including affirmative action, pay equity, labor law, union relations, employee discipline, and negotiating.

    Brian is a native of Rochester, New York, and moved to Colorado for the second time in March 2017. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University, and his law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Brian is admitted to the state bar in New York and Colorado. In his spare time, Brian likes to travel, read history, collect outdated maps, and futilely root for his hometown Buff alo sports teams

    Parental Leave | Jennifer Henderson                     

    Jen spent 15 years in Corporate America in Operations, Talent Development and Leadership. She became a highly sought out leader in employee retention and engagement across functions. As a professional mom with 2 small children, she experienced career stagnation and pregnancy discrimination when she disclosed both of her pregnancies so she set off on her own and founded TiLT to revolutionize parental leave in the workplace.

    Stay Interviews | Penny Fletcher

    Penny Fletcher has been a training professional across industries for almost 30 years.  She had 19 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator before transitioning to human resources, a field she has worked in for the last 14 years.  She holds both PHR and SHRM certifications and is also a certified Lean Leader in the Six Sigma program. Over the course of her human resources career, she has supported a school district, a government contractor, the Fort Worth, Texas Police Department, and a hotel/resort. She is very active in both the state and local SHRM affiliates, currently serving as president of Frontier Human Resources. She is also an industry champion for the Hospitality/Tourism Next Gen Sector Partnership in her area.!


    The Evolution of Career Development | Paul Terry, SPHR, ACC

    Paul founded Paul Terry Consulting Group in 2013 after 25 years of working in corporate HR and with the HR consulting firm, Global Novations (now part of Korn Ferry). He enjoys helping organizations align their business strategy with their people practices and systems. Paul helps leaders around the globe to develop their team management and strategic leadership skills. He coaches individuals to identify concrete action plans for sustaining and accelerating their levels of contribution. Paul has led numerous engagements with clients in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, food and beverage, insurance and high-tech industries. His work has included helping clients with solutions in leadership development, competency design, assessment, selection processes, training program design, talent development, career pathing, and leadership succession strategies. He has led research engagements in the U.S., Brazil, and Asia on workforce demographics, behavior and contribution. He has authored several articles in the areas of performance management and succession planning. Prior to joining Global Novations, Paul was a division Vice President of Human Resources at Emerson. He also spent four years with ExxonMobil in a variety of human resource roles. His background covers all aspects of human resources and includes experience in leading strategic human resource efforts in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Paul’s business and personal travels have taken him to over 80 countries. He enjoys learning about new cultures and activities that allow him to enjoy the outdoors, such as camping, hiking and river rafting.

    Why your Leadership Development Programs are obsolete | Sal Silvester

    Sal Silvester is an industry thought leader and internationally sought-after speaker. Sal started 5.12 Solutions, a team and leadership development consultancy, in 2002 to help teams and leaders create meaningful and measurable behavioral change. He is also the author of three International Bestselling books, including his latest with Marshall Goldsmith, Stakeholder Centered Coaching: Maximizing Your Impact as a Coach.  Sal also founded Coachmetrix, a cloud-based coaching and leadership development platform. Coachmetrix is the first of its kind to optimize and measure leadership development and coaching ROI. Sal’s unique perspective has been nurtured through his experience over the past 25 years as an army officer, an executive at Accenture, and founder of 5.12 Solutions and Coachmetrix. 

    How Great Job Posts Transform Hiring | Katrina Kibben

    Katrina Kibben has been an army brat, social media ninja, technical copywriter, and keynote speaker. But today she has the best job of all: writing coach for recruiters as CEO of Three Ears Media. Katrina takes a high-energy, humorous, and nontraditional approach to teach global
    recruiting teams to write about work like humans who care how much a job can change someone’s life. Have you heard of Katrina before? She has been sharing her ideas on- stages and online for over 10 years. Her features are in publications you've heard of like Fortune Magazine, LinkedIn's Talent Blog and more.

    Make Work Meaningful | Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.

    Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. is an organization and leadership development researcher, adjunct professor, strategist, and keynote speaker. He is the bestselling author of "The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose," praised by Arianna Huffington as "a compelling book filled with powerful stories, cutting-edge research, and practical tools that show us how to lead with purpose." Zach specializes in purposeful leadership, meaningful work, and positive organizations and has worked with and advised leaders in global companies, non-profits, K-12 schools, and universities around the world. Some of his clients have included the National Park Service, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Crocs, Telstra, and The Alzheimer's Association  His work has been featured internationally in media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Psychology Today, Inc. Magazine, and Forbes.

    Talent Management as an Integrated Organizational Strategy | Amanda Ericson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Amanda Ericson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, A graduate of CU Boulder with her Bachelor’s degree, and is certified with her SHRM-SCP and SPHR, both Senior HR level certifications.  Amanda has worked in the Human Resources field for 18 years. She began her career in recruiting and talent acquisition. She continued in her career working for small companies in an HR position, including a Director of HR Compliance role where she supported 200 clients with their HR compliance strategies. She has worked in a variety of industries in both the private and public sector which includes small and large organizations. Amanda has presented at many conferences and classrooms on different HR related areas including, health care reform, talent acquisition, and talent development, and diversity and inclusion practices. She has testified at the State Capitol and has lobbied on HR issues at both the State and National level. She has been interviewed for podcasts and has also been featured in HR Magazine regarding technology and talent acquisition practices. Additionally, Amanda gives her time to various HR designated boards including NCHRA, and DisruptHR, and is currently the Director for COSHRM the state SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) council.