Jennifer Fairweather is currently the Director of Human Resources for Jefferson County, located in Golden Colorado. She is also an Affiliate Professor with Regis University where she facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses for the College of Business and Economics. She is also a founding partner for Dwennimmen Leadership Consulting. Jennifer has 20 years of experience in both public sector and private sector human resources in addition to operational management experience. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University. She also has her IPMA-SCP professional certification, a Certificate in Professional Training, a SHRM-SCP and a PHR certification. Jennifer has facilitated sessions on leadership and development for local and national forums and has written articles for newsletters and newspapers on various management and human resources topics. Jennifer is a Colorado native and enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family (pets included!)
Lindsey Gregerson is Corporate Wellness Director with the American Heart Association. She is a wellness professional with twelve years of experience managing health promotion programs in community and corporate settings. She is dedicated to improvement of human health and vitality through program development, culture change, and implementation of strategic solutions to create healthier organizations and communities. Lindsey graduated with a MA in psychology and a BA in health promotion and exercise science. She is a certified worksite wellness program manager, yoga instructor and health coach. She is a recent Denver transplant from Seattle and loves all the sunshine and beauty of colorful Colorado.
Chris Laping brings 25 years of information technology and business transformation experience to his newly launched effort, People Before Things, which includes a recently-released, best-selling book focused on change leadership. Chris enjoyed 14 years as a Chief Information Officer across three different brands and the work of the teams he led has been spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and CIO Magazine among others. His book, People Before Things: Change Isn’t an End-User Problem explores the connection of the human experience to the outcomes of change and transformation initiatives and the role leaders play to pave success.
Prior to founding People Before Things, LLC, Chris served as SVP, Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In these roles, he was a highly contributing member of a management team that completed a successful turnaround, taking the company from an $8 stock to $89.
Chris has received several awards for his work including The Economist’s Top 5 Social Business Leader and InformationWeek’s Social Business Technology Leader. He has also been named as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader and has received three InfoWorld 100 awards. The work of his teams has been spotlighted in three books: The Engaged Leader, Mobile Mind Shift, and Implementing World Class IT.
Chris is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida.
Lynn Bell is a certified Cultural Transformation Specialist with the Barrett Values Center. Working in partnership with the Legacy Center she helps executive leadership teams be intentional about organizational values alignment by creating healthy cultures. She is an experienced executive coach who values maximizing sustainability, community, and human potential. She is a member of the Association of Trainers and Developers and a member of the Neuroleadership Institute. She has a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship where her emphasis was on entrepreneurial collaboration of Non-profits, Government, and Business organizations for the common good of the community. Classroom and field studies focused on building strong ethical and socially transforming organizations, along with the practical skills needed to translate those values into reality.
Reina Bach has worked with a variety of corporations, executive teams and government organizations in the United States, the UK and Asia. She specializes in leadership development, organizational change, program management and executive coaching (to President and SES levels) with over 20 years of people development experience. Reina applies a variety of best practices from the behavioral sciences and leverages her expertise to enhance individual and organizational productivity in the areas of (partial list):
She is a Senior Partner with Liberty Leadership Group, a consulting firm holding a GSA contract. She is also Managing Principal at The Geisha Group, an organization dedicated to integrating joyful leading and living for executive women, and Founder of JDV Leadership, a research firm partnering with Colorado State University to study the impact of joy on leadership effectiveness.
Reina has worked with organizations in the public and private sectors. She has worked with a number of Federal agencies including: Department of Justice, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Labor (OIG, Office of the Solicitor, ODEP), National Security Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service and The International Monetary Fund. Areas of consultation included executive coaching, team coaching, and development and organizational change management. She has also coached, managed and facilitated both custom and open enrollment leadership development programs for OPM’s WMDC, EMDC and FEI and had an opportunity to work with employees of many other Federal agencies. From an industry perspective, Reina has worked primarily in the high tech and financial services sectors. Some of her industry clients include: Oracle, Salomon Brothers, Jeppesen, Avaya, Kohler Company, CH2M Hill, Merck and Ball Corporation.
Reina earned an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Colorado, a BA in Engineering and a minor in Computer Science from Lafayette College, as well as a Grande Diploma from the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York. Reina is an adjunct coach with The Center for Creative Leadership. She is a Certified Leadership Coach through Georgetown University and is certified to administer a number of 360- and self-assessment instruments. Additionally, she uses her Certified Image Consultant training to help her clients develop and enhance their executive presence.
Reina is an effective speaker and facilitator, incorporating her varied experience in the performing arts. She is a pragmatic optimist who enjoys jewelry design and handcrafting, silk painting, international travel, photography and gourmet cooking. Reina is a Certified Sommelier through the International Wine Guild.
Gail R. Sigman is Chief Human Resources Officer at AllHealth Network, where she plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs and evaluates the organization’s human resources function and performance, and develops/drives the human capital strategy for the organization. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver. She has the privilege of teaching both graduate and undergraduate students the theories, practices and competencies of leading and managing best-in-class organizations. Topics range from organizational and transformational change to Strategic Human Resources, to the evaluation, design, and management of product and service delivery systems.
Gail has been described as an innovative business leader specializing in Organizational Development (OD) and Human Resources Management (HRM), with 30 years' experience designing and implementing best-in-class cultures that drive strategy execution, specifically within service-sector organizations. As an accomplished practitioner, thought-leader and college-level instructor, she is talented at engaging and motivating complex, multi-location workforces while fostering trust relationships with management and employees.
Gail has served on numerous executive boards, including Human Resources People and Strategy (at both the local and national levels), and the Leadership and Organizations, and Strategic Human Resources Advisory Boards at University College at the University of Denver.
Gail is a 5th generation Coloradan, and enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her family.
Tammy Lynn Guns currently lives in Denver and works as an Executive Director for a Multi-Billion dollar top line revenue healthcare system. Her area of expertise is in hospitalist’s medicine in the acute care setting extending over 17 hospitals. Tammy’s prior experience in the healthcare industry was working for 3 different pediatric academic hospitals. Tammy has also worked in public accounting for both Arthur Andersen and KPMG and has experience in other industries as well. Tammy is a professional speaker and author on various topics including achieving success, nurturing important relationships, and living a balanced life for happiness.
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Tammy’s underlying passion that runs through everything she does is to help others see their worth, their beauty, and to know that they are lovable and deserving of goodness in their life.
Kevin Hamilton is a senior level Human Resources professional with expertise in health and wellness plan design, total rewards programs program development and execution, and process improvement. He has more than twenty years of experience in a variety of industries ranging from public education to privately-held Fortune 500 industries. He is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resources Management, and holds both an MBA and a BS in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
He has been a leader in numerous benefits industry associations and a speaker or panelist on health and wellness programs for numerous organizations, including the Los Angeles Evanta HR Leadership Summit, the Colorado Culture of Health, Colorado Healthcare Association for Human Resources Management, and the Institute for Health & Productivity Management. He serves on the board of the Colorado Business Group on Health, on the board of the Boulder Area Human Resources Association, and sits on the advisory panel for the Colorado All Payer Claims Database.
As the Director of Benefits at Boulder Valley School District, he is charged with developing innovative programs to engage both the District and the Community in managing the overall health and wellness of the District’s employee population.
Laura Love is the founder of GroundFloor Media (GFM) and its Chief Cultural Officer. Laura provides vision and leadership for the Denver-based agency she founded in 2001. In the past 15 years, Laura has taken a business she started in her basement in Boulder, Colo., and built it into one of the region’s fastest growers, boasting a national client base that has included Coors Light, Starbucks Coffee Company, Qdoba Mexican Grill, the Special Olympics USA National Games, Children's Hospital Colorado, Level 3 and BNSF Railway.
The agency is an award-winning marketing communications firm that was named the Best Boutique Agency to Work For in the nation by The Holmes Report, an influential public relations industry newsletter. It was also recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the top small companies on its Best Places to Work list for seven years in a row. The agency was also honored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce as the number two top Small Business of the Year and has twice been named to Outside Magazine’s annual “Best Places to Work” list.
Laura was named by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Denver 150, an honor that recognized 150 unsung heroes for their contributions to the Denver community. Laura was also named a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s 2006 and 2007 Outstanding Women in Business awards, an accolade that recognizes women in Denver for their significant contributions to their industry and their community. She was also recognized as one of the “Forty under 40” by the Denver Business Journal. On an international level, Laura was honored with the Kauffman Community Award for her personal and corporate commitment to the Tennyson Center for Children, an award honoring outstanding individual entrepreneurs who have made a significant difference in their local communities.
Laura understands the importance of community involvement and is committed both personally and professionally to helping whenever possible. Since she started the agency, Laura has dedicated at least 10 percent of GFM’s work to nonprofit clients and pro bono accounts, and she recently launched GFM’s new private foundation, The Get Grounded Foundation. Additionally, Laura and her team members are committed to various non-profit organizations throughout the country. She is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO); serves on the Downtown Denver Partnership Board of Directors; and is a member of the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, the communications and marketing committee for The Denver Foundation and the Denver Art Museum marketing & strategic alliance committee. She is also active on the boards of several organizations, including Downtown Denver Inc., Tennyson Center for Children and The Havern School.
Laura earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. In her spare time, she continues to learn a few things from her family including a teenage daughter and two young sons that never seem to stop moving. She dreams about running (or actually finishing) half marathons again, tries to break away to the mountains, and travels internationally whenever she can.
Jeff Klem is the Vice President of Talent Management for Vail Resorts. His responsibilities include succession planning, leadership development, performance management and culture development. He is passionate about creating an environment where colleagues choose to do their best work and perform work in alignment with their values and interests.
Prior to joining Vail Resorts in July of 2012, Jeff was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Healthways, a well-being company based in Nashville, TN. In addition to typical HR responsibilities, Jeff lead a cross-functional group responsible for improving the well-being of Healthways colleagues and customers through new and innovative leadership and cultural initiatives.
This first half of Jeff’s career was spent as a consultant. He worked for 14 years as a management consultant with Accenture, Aon Consulting and his own small firm, Inclusive, Inc. Jeff focused on supporting leaders through restructure, mergers and acquisitions, new executive integration, developing personal leadership competencies, and overall creation of people and culture strategies.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and his Master’s in Organizational Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He resides in Golden, Colorado with his wife and two young children.
Dan King is CEO of Denver-based ReadyTalk, a company that he co-founded in 2001. Dan’s impetus to start ReadyTalk came after reading Jim Collins’ book Built To Last and gaining an appreciation of the importance that culture and vision play in building great, sustainable businesses. ReadyTalk employees nearly 200 people and provides web conferencing, audio conferencing, and webinar services that empower thousands of organizations to successfully conduct remote meetings ranging in size from small ad hoc sessions to large-scale, professionally managed webinars. ReadyTalk has been repeatedly recognized by CoBiz Magazine and Outside Magazine as a Best Company to Work for. In 2008 Dan and his brother Scott were recipients of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Rocky Mountain region.
Dan is a long-time Colorado resident and received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he also lettered in track and cross country. Dan is still a competitive masters runner and in 2015 won two age group national cross country championships and also won the bronze medal in the 5000 meter run at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France.
Outside of work, Dan mostly enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage daughters, and enjoying the great CO outdoors.
Holly Duckworth is CEO of Leadership Soul Solutions International. She is a powerful partner with her clients co-creating new thoughts, beliefs and actions that elevate the consciousness and prosperity of her clients.
Author of the award winning book Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a powerful thought leader serving as a faculty member for the US Chamber of Commerce IOM program and American Society of Association Executives conventions and online university.
Holly was just named Top 25 innovators in the meetings industry in 2016. She is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes regularly on the future of spirituality in business for the international Science of Mind Magazine and Huffington Post. When not on stage Holly is studying to become a spiritual minister.
Honors include being named one of the top five national speakers by the National Speakers Association, 2014. New Vices are Hay House Radio, and a contributor to Audvisor app. Holly is a highly sought after international speaker on leadership, spirituality and business. Holly is known for her energy and enthusiasm as expertise shared on stage an off. Holly lives in Denver, Colorado.
David Vida is the President of the Mortgage Services Division and Chief Strategy Officer at LenderLive Network, LLC. where he is responsible for the company’s BPO fulfillment, lending and loan servicing operations. As Chief Strategy Officer he has guided the company through growth and development of its mission, vision and values. He has over 25 years of senior leadership experience and has led three companies from start-up to eventual sales to private equity or strategic buyers.
Prior to joining LenderLive, he founded one of the industry’s first high-touch special loan servicers prior to the mortgage industry melt down and sold the company to one of the world’s largest hedge funds. He spent five years as a senior leader in a variety roles with a large division of H&R Block, where he was responsible for strategy, finance and the company’s future operating platform. During his tenure, he was one of eight executive coaches responsible for guiding teams of high potential leaders in solving core business problems. In this role, he also worked with Gallup as one of the key strategy leaders in building customer engagement through employee engagement. The company believed its number one competitive differentiator was its culture and empowerment of its employees.
Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with a degree in Finance from CSULB where he was a collegiate athlete. He is an avid golfer and skier and lives in Castle Pines with his wife and three children.
Lisa Jackson is co-founder and President of Corporate Culture Pros, a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping leaders build company cultures that drive high performance. For over 15 years, Ms. Jackson has worked with organizations such as GE, Boeing, Merck and many entrepreneurial organizations across all industries, teaching thousands of Presidents and leaders how to demystify the realm of culture and make it a measurable business process.
She is author of two books on culture, a weekly blog, and is an international keynote speaker on the topic of The Modern Workplace.
Currently, she is passionate about empowering a NEW generation of leaders and redefining outdated beliefs and behaviors about work that engage people in creating innovative solutions to our world's problems. Her thought leadership on culture and the Millennial generation will make you think differently about the future of our workplaces and those who lead them.
Jorge H Chalit is an international HR and organizational professional with hands-on experience in FMCG and financial services global corporations based out of Mexico City, Mexico; Caracas, Venezuela; Bogotá, Colombia; and the US for the last 15 years. Some of the household names he has worked for include Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Kraft Food, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Western Union. A journalist by formation, the three main corporate arenas where he has earned his badges are organizational development & communication, talent and change management and HR generalist in the most recent years. A sincere passion for the evolution and future of organizational culture is Jorge´s most recent venture as Principal of Helix Leadership, a consulting firm focused on three pillars: Purpose and strategy, Engage the Minds and Hearts and Strengthen HR Capability. He received his Bachelor´s degree in Journalism and Communication from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and has served on the board of Mi Casa Resources Center, here in Denver, CO.
Bill Forgione is currently working for a software company start up in the Media and Entertainment space, primarily responsible for Talent, Culture and Administration. I have been a student of organization effectiveness and employee engagement my entire career. Much of my work has played out as an internal consultant within a variety of business settings ranging from High Tech, Health Care to Hospitality. Currently a partner in Denver Counseling and Executive Life Coaching LLC.
Jena Sawyer is Manager of Organizational Development and Employee Engagement at PLAYTIME, a Denver-based provider of premier play areas.
Jena spent the first half of her career in finance and accounting positions in a variety of industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, software, and telecom. Along the way, she experienced the impact culture has not only on employees, but also the business’s bottom line. The eight years she spent at ERP software provider J.D. Edwards ignited a passion for culture that has burned brightly ever since.
She is committed to finding the intersection between companies’ needs and employees' passions. In her current position, she works to create alignment between the employees’ day-to-day experiences and the company’s stated Mission, Vision, and Values. Her main priorities are building trust, engaging and developing employees, and transforming the overall culture.
Jena has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and expects to complete her M. Ed. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change early in 2017. She is an Emergentics Associate, a certified Wellness Coach, Success Coach, and Life Coach, and a licensed yoga, Nia and Zumba instructor.
Stacy Dvergsdal has been with Denver Public Schools for 5 years where is responsible for values based leadership development, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and strategic HR management. One of the values based programs at DPS recently received the Chief Learning Organization Gold award in partnership with Pinsight. She has worked with a variety of organizations including Xerox, ProBuild, Raytheon, Denver Zoo, and Jeppesen. She has worked at Janus Capital Group where she was responsible for training and organizational development. At Janus, her team was awarded with the ASTD first best learning organization of 2008.
Stacy is a professor at Regis University where she teaches in both the Masters of Organizational Leadership and MBA programs. Stacy received her Master of Arts degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, graduating magna cum laude in psychology from Southern Methodist University.
Stacy is a proud mother to Taylor who is three, has climbed 40 Colorado 14ers with her dog Zoie, and loves traveling the world.
Ed Baldwin is a globally experienced HR consultant and professional with diverse background and experience leading the design and development of a progressive human resources function aligned to business needs for a variety of different organization types and sizes. He has proven experience leading and understanding effective business partnering, leadership advocacy and the importance of commercial and operational understanding to effectively deploying HR services and support. Specialties: Strong HR functional expertise in HR strategy development, recruitment, organization effectiveness, learning and development, compensation, benefits, employee relations.
Ed is Partner, President, HRO Partners. Ed works collaboratively with business owners, C-suite executives and HR leaders to optimize and differentiate their HR practices. Businesses today win or lose based on the people that work for them. HRO Partners specializes in working with clients to understand their unique business goals and then design, develop, implement and execute differentiated HR strategies, programs and processes that will strategically contribute to organizational success. Whether its developing the HR function as your business grows or supplementing an existing HR team with seasoned and experienced resources, HRO Partners offers each of our clients a flexible solution to serve the needs of their growing business.
His education and certifications include these:
Rockhurst University, M.B.A., Executive Fellow
University of Iowa, B.B.A., Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) 2011 – 2017
Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) 2011 – 2017
Kauffmann FastTrac Growth Venture Program
Dr. Laura Belsten is the founder and president of CEO Partnership – Coaching Executives & Organizations. For over two decades, she has helped her clients translate their vision into action, build exceptional teams and high-performing organizations, lead change and manage transitions, and improve employee commitment and engagement. She also supports her executive clients in building healthy, respectful and fulfilling workplaces, helping them take a “coach approach” to managing and leading.
Laura is also the Founder of the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence, an international learning and research organization that provides training to coaches worldwide in how to coach the skills and competencies of socially and emotionally intelligent leadership.
Dr. Belsten has also been on the faculty of the University of Denver since 1990 teaching graduate courses in leadership and communication.
With 25 years in management and leadership positions prior to establishing her private coaching practice, Laura is a gifted executive coach and consultant who understands first-hand the challenges her clients face.
As a leadership advisor and master executive coach, Allison Conte devotes her work to clients who are committed to being a force for Good in the world and, in service of this intention, are ready to grow to the next level of maturity. She has a special interest in executive development for women and has created a leadership model and developmental program for this purpose, called “Sophia Leadership.”
A key ingredient in Allison’s approach is building the capacity to lead and manage change by developing change leaders who are self-aware, creative, collaborative, and capable of managing complexity. She has expertise in guiding leaders through "vertical" development (which increases perspective-taking and expands mental complexity) as a key strategy for up-leveling organizational performance.
In her consulting work, she takes a whole-systems approach, achieving performance improvement through upgrades to leadership, culture, and organizational health. Her work integrates executive/leadership development, top-team alignment, strategy execution, culture transformation, and organizational design/governance.
Allison has served as senior faculty at The Integral Center; in the ICF-certified Gestalt Coaching Program; and in the Polarity Mastery Program. She has worked as a master executive coach for Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (Executive Education).
Client experience spans from mid-sized companies to Fortune 50 firms in consulting, consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, and technology.
Allison has an MS, Positive Organization Development & Change: Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Terry Hildebrandt is an entrepreneur, executive coach, organization development consultant, researcher, and author. He is the founder and CEO of Terry Hildebrandt and Associates, LLC, an organization development and executive coaching consultancy.
Terry has over 19 years of coaching experience and 30 years of business experience. He has dedicated a large portion of his career to executive coaching and organization development. He has worked with companies and organizations in multiple industries including high tech, aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, insurance, energy, construction, network communications, farming/ranching, government, schools, and nonprofit. He works primarily with mid-level and senior executives including members of the executive committee, board chairs, chief executive officers, vice presidents, directors, and selected promising leaders.
He has worked with the leaders of global business units and their teams to design and implement organizational change initiatives resulting in increased revenue, greater market share, improved executive team effectiveness, and alignment of organizational culture with new business strategies. Terry is an expert in the principles of evidence based coaching, which involves using the best existing theoretical and researched knowledge, in combination with his personal coaching skills and knowledge of the client, to develop and deliver an effective coaching engagement.
He was formerly at Hewlett-Packard Company for over 22 years where he served in several positions including Master Level Internal Consultant, Reengineering Manager, Business Manager, Production Manager, Sr. Quality Consultant, Manufacturing Development Engineer, and Quality Engineer. He has worked in Germany, Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and the United States. Terry also grew up working on his family’s vegetable farm and cattle ranch for over 12 years.
He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a certified Evidence Based Coach from the Fielding Graduate University, a Social & Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach from the Institute for Social & Emotional Intelligence (ISEI), a Certified Productivity Coach, a Book Yourself Solid® Certified Coach from Michael Port, and a Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) Full Member. He also serves as an executive coach at UCLA Anderson School of Management in the Executive Education and Diversity Leadership programs. Terry is co-author of the book, Leading Business Change for Dummies and is a contributor to blogs, newsletters, and a popular speaker at international conferences.
He is certified in over 30 instruments and tools, including Hogan Assessments, the Leadership Circle 360 Profile, the Birkman Method, Korn Ferry Voices 360, and Lominger Voices 360, MBTI, and others.
Terry earned his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University. He also holds an MA in Organizational Design and Effectiveness and an MA in Human Development from Fielding along with a BS in Materials Science from Rice University. He has also completed Fielding’s Certificate in Integral Studies and the Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching.
Since 2011, Scott Wesson has been Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of UDR, (one of the nation’s largest owners of apartment buildings), with accountability for all business information technology resources as well as responsibilities for sales and marketing functions. He has over 25 years of experience developing and deploying technology and process strategies, with a focus on leading change initiatives and driving valuable process improvements for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to UDR, Mr. Wesson was a partner at RealFoundations, a global real estate management consultancy. During his career, Scott has been the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Office and Chief Strategy Officer for AIMCO (1997 to 2008). and Vice President of Information System for Lincoln Property Company (1991 to 1997). He holds a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems. He often speaks at national real estate events, such as RealComm, The National Apartment Association, The Urban Land Institute, and The National Multi-housing council. Additionally, Scott frequently advises technology and bio-tech start-ups. Mr. Wesson and his wife live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. They have four children and two grandchildren.
Marina Johnson was with HSS Inc. including having been CIO for 10 years. HSS is one of the nation’s leading outsourcing firms for aviation, government, and healthcare security and medical equipment management. HSS has nearly 3,800 employees serving hundreds of customers in 17 states.
As CIO, Johnson was responsible for researching, evaluating, selecting, and implementing cost-effective technology strategies that made the company and its employees more productive and competitive. She and her team supported all HSS information systems and IT infrastructure in the headquarters and remote offices, including telecommunications, networks, collaboration and communication systems, and the Operations Support Center, which provides 24/7 dispatch and monitoring services to customers in multiple states.
Johnson joined HSS in 2001 as IT Director, starting the company’s first centralized IT Department and standardizing its technology across HSS divisions and locations. She was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2005.
Because HSS provides outsourcing services to its customers, Johnson believes in using that business model for many IT functions. As a result, in 2002, HSS was among the first companies to go to the “cloud” for its critical data applications. In 2011, HSS beta tested, and adopted, Microsoft Office 365. In 2007, Johnson directed the transfer of all technology to the new HSS corporate headquarters in Denver with only 10 minutes of downtime during the overnight move. She directed a development of business intelligence (BI) platform analyzing operational data and business trends.
She is a member of, among others, the Board of Society for Information Management, Colorado Chapter, the Industry Advisory Council at Regis University (School of Computer & Information Sciences), the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado IT Symposium Advisory Committee and the Governing Body, Colorado CIO Executive Summit Advisory Board.
She has a MSCIS is from Regis University and a five year engineering degree is from Russian Tula State University.
Evan Roth is the corporate executives' coach. Unlike executive coaches that come from a therapeutic or academic background, Evan leverages 30 years of proven, pragmatic executive business experience in public and private international corporations in roles such as General Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Learning Officer to help his clients be successful. He is a Professional Certified Coach under the International Coach Federation guidelines with specialties and certifications in emotional intelligence, conflict management, Emergenetics, Energy Leadership, and change management.
Evan also assists executive teams and boards in strategy development, merger and acquisition integration, leader development, culture development, team effectiveness, succession planning, and meeting facilitation.
Marilyn Hoffman is the Founder and CEO of Concept Dynamics, LLC, which specializes in partnering with management consultants to provide support in the areas of research, data analysis, instructional design, and production of presentation, training and business materials. Her organization works with their clients to design and develop effective and engaging organizational development programs that are representative of their individual style and brand.
Her background is in the human resources and management consulting fields. She has worked in HR in a variety of industries including retail, food service, telecommunications and higher education. In her consulting work, she has worked with clients in the fields of healthcare, banking, construction, environmental services, state government, engineering and manufacturing.
She has a passion for the areas of leadership development, managerial effectiveness, talent management and assessment and loves looking at ways to tap into and enhance the hidden potential that lies within each individual.
Marilyn has a MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado - Denver and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. She is an active member in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Denver Chapter of the Organizational Development Network
Kay Tierney is the President of Tierney Talent Ventures, a boutique executive search and talent acquisition consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Kay’s background includes 30 years of executive search experience. She has built and maintained a diverse practice of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations. Since 1986, Kay has provided retained executive search and selection services to her clients on a local and national basis. A trusted advisor to her clients, she has a proven ability to identify leadership; from the C-Suite to high-potential, resulting in many long-term client relationships and an exceptional track record of results. Kay has successfully placed executives in nearly every functional discipline.
Originally from Ohio, Kay has a BSBA from Bowling Green State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Leadership Foundation and is a former Board Member for Rocky Mountain Executive Forum. Kay is also a Founding Member of The Vx, an organization for executive women. Previously, Kay sat on the Industry Board of Directors for Colorado MESA.
Robin Athey helps leaders and organizations in fast-moving environments to collaborate, innovate and grow, with clear purpose, amidst uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. She offers leadership development and assessment, group facilitation, organizational consulting and executive coaching with a focus on young, high-potential leaders (25-45).
Robin has 30 years of experience as a somatic coach, executive, consultant, facilitator and thought leader. Her organizational clients have included ABB, Banco Santander, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Fujitsu, Cole-Haan/Nike, Hanes Brands and IDEO. She has consulted to governments in the U.S., Italy, Jamaica and the former Soviet Union. Her coaching clients have included executives, consultants, coaches, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, political organizers and a former head-of-state.
For nine years, Robin was Research Director at Deloitte, where she led the firm’s global research on the human aspects of organizational performance. She also served as an executive coach within the firm. Prior to Deloitte, Robin led global production as Vice-President of Cole-Haan, a subsidiary of Nike. She began her career as a strategy and operations consultant with Kurt Salmon Associates.
Robin has been a fellow at Harvard University and sat on the board of the UN Association. She has worked in 28 countries. Her work has been published in major media. She has presented at major conferences and led executive roundtables around the globe.
Robin holds a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida; an M.A. in International Economic Policy from Columbia University; and an Advanced Certificate in Organizational Development and HR from Columbia University and the University of Michigan. She is a 20-year practitioner of meditation and yoga, and has certified in dozens of cutting-edge methodologies in the domains of leadership, change, innovation, group work, somatic psychotherapy and healing.
Caroline McKinnon is an attorney whose former work as a courtroom advocate, non-profit consultant, and alternative dispute resolution professional has led her to realize the importance of communication in all types of organizational environments. Her passion lies in helping non-profits, government agencies, and businesses to realize positive change and work more collaboratively toward their goals. Caroline works with leadership and management teams to create strategic plans and change initiatives that result in high performance and collaborative cultures.
Caroline helps organizations by:
Her educational background includes a JD from the University of Denver, College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Denver. Currently, Caroline is completing a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Innovation and Change at University of Denver, University College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Caroline’s powerful work has helped organizations to recalibrate their mission and objectives while aligning leadership, management, and staff with organizational values and strategic goals. The result is a renewed clarity on measureable goals and a focus on productivity, collaboration, and attainment of results. This reinvigorates organizations with hope for the future, transforming the work environment.
Todd Prescott specializes in meeting business needs with a people-focused approach. With more than a decade in human resources, Todd has brought his insights to healthcare, housing and financial services. Whether he’s working to help shift an organization’s culture from tenure to performance-based evaluation, overseeing day-to-day concerns of upwards of 2,000 employees, or restructuring an organization’s workforce by 90%, Todd always works to ensure company and employee needs are given the critical attention they deserve.
In his current role, he serves National Jewish Health as their Director of Organizational Development. In addition to his Professional in Human Resources accreditation, Todd has an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Bachelors of Science degree from Viterbo College. He’s been in Denver for nearly 20 years and enjoys spending weekends at his cottage in Estes Park as well as producing documentaries with his husband Ethan.
Tom Yagos is the founder of Yagos & Associates, a consulting practice that focuses on change management initiatives to improve relationships in the workplace. Relationships must be built on a foundation of high trust. When the legacy of “fear” based behaviors are removed from the workplace trusting relationships can be formed with people. Fear depletes pride, damages morale, undermines the values, and cripples the performance of an organization. Trust inspires leaders and followers!
He teaches people about the concept of fear/trust and how to recognize the symptoms and behaviors in ourselves and others when fear/trust is present, but more importantly, how to use tools to build trust in both our personal and professional lives. Tom’s program provides solutions to organizations to address the issues of talent management, people engagement, and inspiring performance that build a high performing and inspired culture. His clients consist of many of the Fortune 1000 companies.
Tom has 30 years of senior management experience and shares his visionary thinking to help organizations meet the challenges and demands for inspiring the workforce. He is a loving husband, caring parent, compassionate to all, loves life, as well as a respected speaker, coach, facilitator, writer, and affiliate faculty at Regis University in the College of Business and Economics where he teaches leadership and strategy. Tom’s program enlightens and inspires participants to change their lives. His life-long vision is to transform the workplace to be free of fear so relationships can be experienced with acceptance, enjoyment, and trust, the final frontier for organizational effectiveness.