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64th Annual HRM Conference Speakers

Jacqueline Brito - Founder and CEO, Recycle Regrets, LLC

Brito HeadshotJacqueline "Jackie" Brito, founder and CEO of Recycle Regrets®, a coaching and consulting practice whose mission is to help individuals transition from crisis to wellbeing, is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management, and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), through the Human Resource Certification Institute. Jackie teaches human resources courses in the MBA and Masters of Human Resources programs at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.





Stephen Davis II - Attorney, Shareholder, Maynard, Cooper, & Gale

Davis pictureStephen Davis is a Shareholder and member of Maynard Cooper's Labor & Employment and Immigration practice groups. He is an experienced attorney who devotes his practice to assisting companies regarding all phases of their foreign national workforce. His talents in this area have earned him recognition by both Alabama Super Lawyers and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Stephen provides immigration advice and representation to companies and professionals in numerous industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, information technology, financial services, government contracting, education, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology. He partners with his clients on an ongoing basis to keep them apprised of deadlines and immigration reform in order to keep them compliant with current laws and regulations.

He helps his clients obtain temporary and permanent work authorization for foreign nationals, including managers and executives, temporary non-agricultural workers, college professors and instructors, workers with specialized knowledge, physicians, students, and interns. By evaluating each employee's credentials and work intentions, and considering all applicable visa classifications, Stephen devises successful strategies for entry and stay in the United States.

Stephen also represents individuals with family-based immigration needs. This includes petitioning for permanent resident status for immediate family members of U.S. citizens and preparing such family members for consular processing at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Ronald Dulek, PhD - John R. Miller Professor of Management, The University of Alabama

Dulek pictureRonald Dulek, PhD, is the John R. Miller Professor of Management at the University of Alabama. Ron's teaching and research interests focus on two areas: Management Communications and Business Strategy. He served seventeen years as Head of the Management and Marketing Department.

Ron is a dedicated teacher who has won numerous teaching awards, including the National Alumni Association's Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the Athletic Department's Faculty Member of the Year Award, and selection as the first recipient of the University of Alabama's "Last Lecture" series.

Academically, Ron has co-authored seven books and published more than 50 refereed journal articles. In 2007, the International Association for Business Communication awarded Ron its highest research distinction: the Kitty O. Locker Award for Outstanding Research.

Companies with which Ron has worked extensively in the areas of business strategy and managerial communication include: Adtran, Bell South, Chevron, Energen, IBM, Kimberly Clarke, Mercedes Benz International, Procter and Gamble, Protective Life, Stora Enso and Volvo. During the last five years he has delivered academic and business lectures in Antwerp, Belgium; Arusha, Tanzania; Dresden, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Goethenburg, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa; Riga, Latvia; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, China; Singapore; and Windhoek, Nambia.

Ron currently serves on various local, state, and national boards. He and his wife, Sally, reside ten months a year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and two months a year in Sabie Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Jennifer Geist - Senior Manager, Employee Engagement and Development, Teledyne Brown Engineering

jennifer geist photoJennifer Geist has more than 20 years of experience in the employee engagement and health promotion industry. She currently serves as the Senior Manager for Employee Engagement and Development for Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama, where she leads the planning, development, execution and management of employee engagement, and developing programs, including: a nationally-recognized wellness program, employee development programs, and the educational assistance program in collaboration with Teledyne Brown Engineering leadership, to ensure initiatives are in line with the strategic priorities, with a focus on improving culture and employee engagement.

Prior to this role, Jennifer served as the Wellness Manager at Teledyne Brown, where she was responsible for all areas of employee health and wellness for the company's 900 employees throughout the U.S. In 2007, Teledyne Brown received the honor of being named one of the healthiest workplaces in America. The Wellness Council of  America (WELCOA) awarded Teledyne Brown the Gold Well Workplace Award for successfully building a comprehensive worksite wellness program and demonstrating and documenting concrete outcomes. Since 2007, Teledyne Brown has received 4 more national awards for its wellness program under Jennifer's leadership: (1) Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association, (2) Company of Excellence Award from the American Cancer Society, (3) Fit Friendly Award from the American Heart Association and (4) CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation.

Prior to joining Teledyne Brown, Jennifer served as the Wellness Coordinator for Huntsville Hospital Corporate Wellness Services (formerly Occupational Health Group), where she was responsible for all operations of a corporate wellness services department. She coordinated and provided health screenings, educational classes, and wellness programs to over 450 companies in North America.

 Jennifer received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy was received from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Jess Herbst - Mayor, New Hope, Texas

Herbst photoJess Helene Herbst was born in 1958 in Greenville, Texas to Dr. John R. and Wilma Jean Herbst. She attended East Texas State University, where she met and married Debbie Gray Herbst in 1980. Their daughters, Alexandria and Lauren, were born in 1989 and 1990 and are only 18 months apart.

Herbst was the Vice President of Research at Electro Communications Systems from 1988 to 1997. In 1997, she started Herbst Technical Services, and still works for the company as a technical consultant.

Herbst and her family moved to New Hope, Texas in 1997, and in 2003, became a town Alderman, and served as Road Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem.

During her 7th term as town Alderman, Herbst was appointed to the position of mayor after the passing of her predecessor.

In February 2017, Jess Herbst came out publicly as a Transgender woman, becoming the first openly transgender person to hold an elected office in the State of Texas and the second openly transgender Mayor in the United States.

Mayor Herbst was one of many Texas transgender activist leaders in the effort to stop the anti-trans bathroom legislation in 2017, testifying before the Texas Committees on State Affairs in opposition to the bathroom bills.

Devin C. Hughes - Chief Inspirational Officer, Devin C. Hughes, LLC

Hughes HeadshotDevin C. Hughes, author of 17 books, is a highly sought after international speaker, happiness muse, mindfulness trainer & executive coach who speaks to a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams who have a desire to break down enterprise-wide culture barriers, improve personal/organizational performance and enhance communication through greater self-awareness and understanding of one another. His approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset and mindfulness.





Matt Hottle - Founder and CEO, Redhawk

Hottle PictureMatt Hottle is the founder of Redhawk, a Birmingham-based consulting and advisory practice. Redhawk provides process design and implementation services across various business disciplines. Matt is also a managing partner of Redhawk Venture Group, a private equity company investing in early-stage startups.

Before starting Redhawk, Matt founded a multi-million dollar startup, grew a service business from $65 million to $100 million in just two years and ran a $900 million sales team for a Fortune 500 telecom company.




Bryance Metheny - Partner, Burr Forman, LLP

Metheny PictureBryance is Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment practice group. He focuses his practice on representing employers and management in all aspects of Labor & Employment law. He defends employers in litigation in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Bryance also advises and assists employers in developing employment policies and procedures to govern the workplace. His practice embraces all matters involving employees in the workplace, including wage and hour issues, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination and labor relations. Bryance has extensive experience handling litigation in all these areas, in addition to allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, OSHA violations, and matters within the jurisdiction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He has represented employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and in labor negotiations. Bryance has defended nationwide complex employment-related class actions and lawsuits throughout the United States and handled appeals to the Supreme Court of Alabama and United States Courts of Appeals.

Bryance lectures extensively throughout the Southeast on matters involving employment law. He has written numerous articles and published papers on the Fair Labor Standards Act, arbitration, the interrelationship between the ADA, FMLA and workers' compensation laws and other employment discrimination topics. He provides on-site training to employers and conducts employment-related audits of personnel practices and procedures. 

Trudi Mullins - Corporate Trainer and Culture Champion

Trudi Mullins photoTrudi Mullins has more than two decades of experience in all aspects of corporate communcations, including culture and brand assessment, employee engagement programs, producing and teaching staff training programs, and marketing and community outreach initiatives.

Trudi's goal is to transform organizations, and she's earned results that include creating a communication plan for a capital campaign that raised $3.1 million, revamping a corporate culture that increased employee retention to 98%, and producing leadership and training programs that helped increase net income by ten times in the first year.

Trudi earned her B.S. in Advertising Communication and M.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, earned her certificate in Nonprofit Marketing from the University of Richmond and is an Associate Professional in Talent Development from the Association for Talent Development.

In addition to her full-time role as Division Marketing Manager for a nationwide development company, she's also a corporate trainer and blogger at 

Rena Ramsey - BSHRM 2018 President and ALSHRM Diversity Director

Ramsey pictureRena W. Ramsey, SHPR, SHRM-SCP is an experienced and Savvy Human Resource (HR) professional with over 33 years of progressive experience in multiple areas of this important organizational function including affirmative action, diversity, and employee relations. She mostly recently served Senior Vice President Human Resources and as Manager of Diversity Inclusion and Outreach for Regions Bank.

Her professional affiliations include membership in the Society of Human Resources Management. She is currently serving as the president of the Birmingham SHRM chapter and Diversity Director for the Alabama SHRM State Council. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern and an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.



Ryan Sallans - Speaker and Author, Ryan Sallans, Inc.

Sallans photoRyan Sallans is a public speaker, consultant, and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the transgender community, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community.

Over the past 15 years Ryan, a professionally training sexuality educator, has conducted over a thousand presentations and training sessions to diverse audiences, including professionals, students, employees, and the general public. He is also the Lead Subject Matter Expert and script writer for e-learning courses used around the nation to train healthcare professionals and staff through Affiliate Risk Management Services, Inc. and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

Ryan attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology, Masters of ARts in English, and a Masters of Arts in educational psychology.


Matthew Scully - Attorney, Burr & Forman LLP

Matt Scully headshorMatthew Scully is a Labor & Employment Partner at Burr & Forman LLP. Matt represents management in the area of labor and employment law, focusing on managing the complex economic, legal and business decisions employers must make in effectively managing their workforce.







Daniel Seguin - Educator, Speaker, and Trainer, TBG Solutions Inc.

Seguin PhotoDaniel is a trainer/client development at TBG Solutions Inc., a risk management and training solutions company that develops strategies, training, and awareness programs to keep staff, students, and employees safe.

 Daniel is currently a student of Business and Political Science at East Texas Baptist University and recently got married in July of 2017. He recently graduated from Tyler Junior College with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. While at TJC, Daniel was elected as the President of the student body, the Vice-President of Honors in Action in the TJC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and co-founded the Green Committee on campus. Daniel also served as the student representative on the Campus Carry Policy committee at TJC, developing the school policy for the campus carry of concealed weapons that went into effect in the fall of 2017. Lastly, Daniel served as the student representative on the Communications and Safety committee within the administration. He was personally invited to serve on these committees by the Provost and Vice-President of Student Affairs, Dr. Juan Mejia.

Since joining TBG Solutions, Daniel has had the opportunity to speak in staff development and faculty convocation sessions at schools and colleges, as well as student assemblies for high school students. Because of his age and magnetic personality, Daniel has a unique ability to capture the attention of young, aspiring students that identify with him in the millennial generation, while his energy and down to earth personality captures even the most seasoned audience.

As a millennial growing up in the information age, Daniel has first-hand knowledge of social media. He has seen the benefits of this high-tech communication as well as the risks involved. He uses his personal and real-life experiences in an engaging format to share critical information about social media and the workplace.

Mauricio Velásquez, MBA - President, The Diversity Training Group

Velasquez photoMauricio Velásquez is the President of The Diversity Training Group (DTG) in Herndon, Virginia. Mauricio serves as a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategist, consultant, trainer, sexual harassment prevention trainer, respectful workplace/toxic employee trainer, employee engagement/trust trainer, executive coach, mentoring trainer, expert witness, and assists organizations with multicultural marketing, selling, and customer service.

DTG's clients include small and large, public and private organizations. A partial list includes: Dominion Energy, Williams & Connolly, PWC Service Authority, Architect of the Capitol Habitat for Humanity (SHR), MBP, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Harrity & Harrity, US Navy Exchange, Support Command, and the United States Postal Service. Past clients include The White House, HP, Black & Decker, BP, OMB, SSA, US Coast Guard, NASA, Ryland Homes, Visa USA, and more.

Mauricio is a former human resource generalist and also served as a demographic researcher for the Internal Revenue Service, where he first anticipated the rise of diversity inside and outside the workplace. He had the good fortune to work with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Peter F. Drucker, Dr. Crosby, Dr. Jurand, and Dr. Jerry Harvey. Mauricio credits much of his interest in human resource management and the earning of his MBA at George Washington University to their influences.

Mauricio has trained and educated over 950,000 employees, managers, and executives in the areas of diversity, gender equity, mentoring, respect in the workplace and marketplace, and multicultural marketing and selling in every state but North Dakota and his work and life have taken him to more than 75 countries. Mauricio specializes in hostile or challenging audiences - disarming them and ensuring learning and development.

Jeffrey Weaver - Executive Vice President of Production and Content, Authentic Entertainment, LLC

Jeffrey Weaver headshotJeffrey L. Weaver, a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama, is a successful producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor and production executive who's been in the entertainment industry since his first film shoot in Birmingham at the age of 18.

You may have seen Jeff's work on TLC's Trading Spaces or Little People, Big World, Bravo's Filling Out, A&E's Intervention, Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate or Rachael Ray's $40 a Day, Animal Planet's Tanked, or Discovery Channel's Auction Kings. He's helped deliver hundreds of hours of content to dozens of linear networks and digital platforms.

Jeff is currently the Executive Vice President of Production and Content for Authentic Entertainment, LLC. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and 4 children.