Meet the Speakers


Jamie Colvin

Founder of SimplyConnect Consulting—IABC’s Small Agency of the Year 2015 – 2019—and with 20+ years of consulting experience under her belt, Jamie is no stranger to tackling difficult business problems. Jamie’s superpower is making sure your business process are harmonizing with your people. From change management to HR communications to manager effectiveness, Jamie will challenge you to think outside the box, so that your efforts connect with the hearts and minds of your people while driving business results. 


Dr. William L. Sparks

Author of Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential, Will is also the Dennis Thompson Chair & Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he also serves as the Director of the Office of Leadership Initiatives. Will has previously served as Global Vice President of Talent with EnPro Industries and currently serves as the Managing Director for William L. Sparks and & Associates, LLC, where he focuses on leader and team development, personal transformation, and change management. 


Heather Taylor

Data Product Manager – PayScale


  Paige Hanley

Director, Program Management


  Deanna Baumgardner, PHR, SHRM-CP

President of Employers Advantage 


Barbara O’Cain

Global Executive Advisor, SAP SuccessFactors

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