2018 GSHRC Speakers

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Del Gilbert

Del Gilbert is the owner of Accelerating Excellence. The purpose of Accelerating Excellence is to help people and companies go farther, faster. He has worked in healthcare for over 35 years, including 15 years as Chief Learning Officer. He is a Certified Master Trainer and a Certified Leadership Coach. He regularly consults and trains in the areas of leadership, service excellence, workplace culture and personal effectiveness.

Mike Aitken

Mike Aitken joined the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2003 and since then he has been responsible for all SHRM governmental affairs endeavors. Mike currently serves as SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs and he is a strategic advisor to the Society’s overall external relations activities. As a member of SHRM’s senior management team, Mike plays a key role in helping to set the strategic direction of the organization, offering important counsel on SHRM’s educational programs and professional development opportunities. With over 25 years of experience working on workplace and workforce issues, Mike is a leading authority on issues important to the human resource profession. As one of SHRM’s primary spokespeople, Mike is regularly interviewed by the media and sought out as a speaker for business audiences. Prior to joining SHRM in 2003, Mike spent 14 years with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), which represents more than 23,000 HR professionals at over 1,900 higher education institutions. In 2015 and 2016, Mike served as an employer representative on the U.S. delegation to the International Labour Conference. Mike currently serves as a board member for OpenWork. He is also a member of the National Selection Board of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.

Jill Christensen

With three decades of consulting, speaking, and in-the-trenches global Fortune 500 executive-level experience, Jill’s view is radically different. She shares with listeners that although Human Resources “owns” culture change, they do not own culture change. Employees will not re-engage unless senior leaders and managers fundamentally change the way they lead the company and their teams. Jill is Founder & President of Jill Christensen International, and has served as the head of global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker, holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, and was named a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer for 2017. She works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to re-engage employees, improving productivity, retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. Her clients include ARROW, Crocs, Novartis, TIAA, ACT, Collective Goods, the Colorado Governor’s Office of IT, and numerous non-profit organizations.

Michelle Cromwell

Michelle Cromwell is the Chief Diversity Officer and an Associate Professor at World Learning in Brattleboro.  She describes herself as a pracademic—a scholar-practitioner who has one foot in the academe and the other in the community as a practitioner.  Before coming to World Learning, Michelle was an Associate Professor of Politics and Social Justice and the Director of the Honors Program at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.  Her areas of research and practice are dialogue using indigenous methodologies, trust, social capital generation, and antiracism. In addition to her equity, diversity and inclusion work and teaching, she serves as an independent consultant with emphasis on conflict resolution, crisis management, and diversity and inclusion.  She works with non-profits, higher education institutions, and government entities to help them to address and resolve their Organizational PAIN (persistent aggravations and identified negatives).  She developed the model Transformative Fusion, which combines the benefits of conflict transformation theory with the principles from Yoga, and Reiki.  The model creates outcomes of confident, creative, compassionate, articulate, insightful and wise members of a team, community, organization or subsystem. Her most recent publication is The One-Foot Journey: Dismantling Racism With Peacemaking Circles, which shows how the peacemaking circle can be used to have creative, courageous, and compassionate conversations about racism.  This book will be published in winter 2017. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (with a specialty in Ethnic Conflicts) and a MS. in Dispute Resolution—both from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.  Her B.Sc. in Social Work is from the University of the West Indies, located in Trinidad and Tobago.

Randy Pierce

Randy Pierce is the founder of the charitable organization 2020 Vision Quest, an entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist. A lifelong New Hampshire resident, he graduated from UNH in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and began his first career as a computer hardware design engineer. Spare-time pursuits since college have included extensive experience in martial arts, hiking, skiing, bicycling, and running road races.

Randy is also totally blind. Always embodying the 2020 Vision Quest theme of “Achieve a Vision Beyond Your Sight,” he has continually forged ahead to live an amazing variety of adventures and accomplishments—all part of the impactful story he’s here to tell. Please help me welcome Randy Pierce to our podium. Randy will share with us today / tonight some of the details of his journey, and the lessons available to us all about striving for our own personal versions of “Peak Potential.”

China Gorman

China started her career at the publisher of The Christian Science Monitor and then spent 20+ years in the HR consulting world specializing in the career transition, executive coaching, and leadership development arena as a business leader at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Many know China for her tenure as the CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, the global consultancy dedicated to improving society by helping companies create better workplaces. Prior to Great Place to Work, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO for SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management), the world’s largest professional association for human resource professionals with over 275,000 members in more than 140 countries.

China serves on a number of boards in the HR and education spaces. Current affiliations include chairing Globoforce‘s WorkHuman Advisory Board, Jobs for America’s Graduates, RiseSmart, Inc., and the Workforce Institute at Kronos.

Beth Rattigan

Beth Rattigan, Director, Labor & Employment Chair for Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC focuses her practice in the areas of employment and labor law in Vermont and New Hampshire. Her concentrated experience enables Beth to guide clients around obstacles before they manifest and to resolve conflict when it finally arises. Beth regularly defends employers in federal and state court matters such as wrongful discharge and discrimination claims. She provides advice and training to management regarding employment law compliance and human resource issues including hiring, discipline, termination, reductions in force, wage and hour practices, investigations, sexual harassment, employee relations, employee training, personnel policies and employment  agreements.

Timothy Copeland

Tim Copeland, Director, Labor & Employment, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC focuses his practice exclusively on the representation of employers in all aspects of their relationships with employees: from proactive management consulting, to complex labor negotiations, to resolving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages and other employment disputes. He has a nationwide traditional labor law practice representing Fortune 500 and other leading companies in industries including manufacturing, construction, utilities, health care, retail and other industries devising and executing labor relations strategies. He has handled numerous organizing campaigns by unions including United Steelworkers of America, the Teamsters, the IAM and the IBEW, among others. He has litigated and handled numerous strikes across the United States.

Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Principal of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Ms. Ford has over 35 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. Ford trains frequently in New England on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, wage and hour issues, proper documentation, leaves of absence, and Title IX compliance.  She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

Steve Gilliland

A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing
nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic  collides with the inspiration of a motivational speaker.”