Speaker Biography
Cierra Belser headshot Cierra Belser
Cierra Johnson-Belser is a mother, vocalist, arts advocate, SHRM volunteer and workforce development guru. Currently Cierra is active with the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, SHRM Montgomery, ALSHRM Leadership Council and a board member for the Alabama Arts Alliance. Aside from being the mother of a 14 year old pageant queen and an 11 year old future Baseball star, she enjoys working as a career coach and helping individuals with perfecting their resumes and teaching them the interview skills to help them land their dream job.
Mildred Black headshot Mildred Black
Mildred Black is the Founder and CEO of People Optimum Consulting, a minority-owned and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) with over 20 years of Human Resources experience. She specializes in people+culture transformations, facilitated learning experiences, and leadership development. She has helped thousands of leaders with strategy, labor law, diversity equity & inclusion, leadership, and workplace nuances.
Julie Bucy headshot Julie Bucy
Julie Bucy is the President of Organize4Results, a Leadership and Productivity training company based out of Birmingham AL. She has started and sold three companies based around behavioral change. Julie worked at McKinsey and Company for five years, leaving with a specialty in Human Relations and having served at a range of government entities and Fortune 500 companies. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in the History of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis.
Randall Cottrell Headshot Randall Cottrell
As a strategy and technology consultant, from 2008 to present, Randall has consulted with over 80 companies, including public companies such as HHGregg, Wells Fargo, DirecTV, Baptist Health Systems, Steak and Shake, CBRE, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Konica Minolta, and Hyatt Hotels among others. Randall has a proven track record in turnkey technology design and implementation, with both small private companies, non-profit organizations, and divisions of larger companies. Currently, he is leading his company into the federal contracting space as a certified 8(a) and Veteran Owned Small Business.
Michal Crowder headshot Michal Crowder
Michal is an attorney at Maynard Cooper & Gale focusing on cybersecurity and privacy. She has helped companies like Alabama Power, Facebook, and Mercedes mature their privacy and security compliance programs. Michal has assisted with cybersecurity risk assessments, cybersecurity incident response planning, cybersecurity and privacy compliance, training, and policy development, vendor contract negotiation, and data breach response. Michal has also developed consumer-facing terms and policies for websites and smart device applications.
Donald D. Elswick Donald D. Elswick, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT
Donald D. Elswick, has more than 30 years of government and multi-industry experience, holding several senior positions in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) organizations. Mr. Elswick is currently the Executive Director, University of Alabama (UA) SafeState, Division of Industrial and Environmental Programs. He retired as a Commander (CDR) in the United Sates Navy serving as a Medical Service Corps Officer.
Susan Hale headshot Susan Hale
Susan’s entire career has been dedicated to helping people develop their leadership, business, and computer software skills through high-quality learning programs. She has the unique ability to relate to and teach various students from production personnel to frontline leaders, corporate professionals and executive team members. She has a strong understanding and ability on how to increase employee & organizational morale and skillsets. She also understands the importance of their impact on organizations. Her whole career has been dedicated to high-quality adult learning.
Chance Hallmark headshot Chance Hallmark
Chance Hallmark, Vice President Membership Development, has worked for America’s First Federal Credit Union for 30 years. He has a passion for teaching financial wellness and encouraging individuals to take small steps in making financial progress in their personal lives. Chance will share stories from his experience with his own finances as well as ideas he has learned from others.
Matthew Hamilton headshot Matthew Hamilton
Matthew Hamilton is the Head of HR Strategy & People Analytics at Protective Life. He is a two-time founding people analytics leader, previously having led HR data analytics at Regions Bank. Prior to working in financial services, Matthew worked in commercial aerospace manufacturing and served for seven years as an officer and Apache helicopter pilot in the US Army. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from the MIT School of Engineering.
Matt Hollub headshot Matt Hollub
Matt Hollub serves as Associate Director for the University of Alabama SafeState program, is the Program Manager of the OSHA 21(d) On-site Consultation service for the state of Alabama. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene and safety experience including field services, training development/delivery, team management, and governmental relations. He holds a BS degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of Alabama and an MS in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Lori King Taylor headshot Lori King-Taylor, M.Ed.
Principal and Founder of Trinity Performance Solutions, Lori King-Taylor, M.Ed., holds a Master of Education in Training and Development from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Adult Education from Athens State University. A highly effective workshop facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Lori has worked with individuals at all levels of employment – entry level to executive. Lori is a certified to administer the Everything DiSC Personality Assessment, 360 Evaluations and the Index of Emotional Intelligence. She is a Certified John Maxwell Trainer and Coach.
Andrea Lewis Andrea Lewis
Andrea is a certified and award winning professional with more than 20 years of progressive leadership, coaching, and business ownership experience in the field of human resources, customer service, and training. She is the creator of The Great Facilitator Institute©. Her firm facilitates Talent Assessments and coaching to individuals and organizations that value the importance of self-awareness and helps to build a development plan for growth.
Lance Lieb headshot Lance Lieb
Lance Lieb has spent 13 years in the financial services industry as a managing leader, Learning and Development Facilitator, and Employee Relations consulting professional. Lance holds an undergraduate degree in International Business from Troy University where he was a collegiate athlete, as well as a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of North Alabama. Lance holds a Senior Certified Professional Credential from SHRM.
Sharon Lovoy headshot Sharon Lovoy
Sharon W. Lovoy, owner of Lovoy’s Team Works, Inc., is a training facilitator, executive coach, keynote speaker and intervention specialist in high stakes organizational challenges. She has had the privilege of working with over 300 clients in the US and Canada. Her work includes facilitating dialogue about difficult topics that challenge growth and progress in the organization.
Lauren Morina headshot Lauren Morina
Lauren is an attorney in the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group at Maynard Cooper & Gale. She assists clients with privacy and cybersecurity compliance and incident response planning. Lauren also develops consumer-facing terms and policies for websites and smart device applications, assesses privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with potential acquisition targets, and represents companies in state and federal privacy and security-focused regulatory investigations.
Mike Perkins headshot Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins is President of Frontline HR Solutions, a national human resources consulting business based in Gadsden, Alabama. Mike was a top-rated employment attorney and HR professional in Pensacola, Florida for over 20 years. In 2006, Mike and his wife, Kim, moved to Gadsden to serve as houseparents for at-risk children at John Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch. Seven years later, Mike re-entered the HR world as Corporate Employee Relations Manager Albertville-based Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company.
Brock Phillips headshot Brock Phillips
Brock is an Associate in Maynard Cooper’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and assists clients with a broad range of labor and employment matters. Brock received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the Development Editor on the Managing Board of the Journal of Law & Politics. He also worked with the school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, and successfully briefed and argued a case on behalf of a prisoner in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Auburn University.
Heidi Pruett headshot Heidi Pruett, BSN, RN, CCM
Heidi Pruett is the Director of Wellness for HealthMed, managing corporate wellness programs across the southeast. She graduated from Auburn University with two bachelor’s degrees, a BA in Public Relations/Communications and a BSN. Heidi has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years with a wide range of experience including oncology, medical/surgical, ICU, pre-op and post-op, school nursing, rehabilitation, case management and chronic care management. Before assuming her role at HealthMed, she was the Director of Case Management at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Montgomery, AL.
Alexander Pullen headshot Alexander Pullen
Alexander serves as the Inclusion & Belonging Business Partner at HubSpot, a software marketer and developer and has recently served as the lead HR advisor for departmental leadership and led the human resources function for various George Washington University (GW) divisions. Alexander is a doctoral candidate at GW with research interests in servant and transformational leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and organizational resilience.
Matthew T. Scully Matthew Scully
Mr. Scully represents management in the area of labor and employment law. His practice is proactive, focused on managing the complex economic, legal and business decision employers must make in effectively managing their workforce. Matthew Scully has considerable experience litigating and advising clients concerning all aspects of employment law, including workplace investigations, disciplinary actions, employment policies, and managing leave. He has experience working with clients in various industries and with small, medium and large sized employers, including Fortune 500 companies.
Shanna Ullmann Shanna Ullman, PhD
Shanna Ullmann is the founding partner of Transformation Partners, offering specialized consulting and employee learning and development programs empowering clients to be more successful in all aspects of their business engagements. She has worked with a wide range of professionals teaching them the art and practice of effective interactions and communications with clients and between colleagues.
Ashley Wheeler headshot Ashley Wheeler
Ashley served over 9 years in global Corporate Leadership Development at Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company before taking working for Hunt Refining Company in Organizational Development. She’s worked with people of all ages enabling them to reach their full potential through igniting a passion within them to continuously improve and find their purpose – from kids to corporate leaders. As part of her studies in best practices, Ashley accepted a 4 month internship in Christchurch, New Zealand, from which cutting-edge educational techniques were being formulated.