Alicia Elson has an undergraduate degree in social work from Creighton and her Master of Social Work from UNO. Since QLI’s inception more than 20 years ago, Elson has held many key roles in the organizations including assistant director of residential services, director of assisted living, director of The Summit, and director of human resources, and vice president of human resources. Her most recent role as vice president of human resources includes helping to build and maintain positive and enthusiastic staff in a tough industry; ultimately leading to QLI being voted the #1 Best Place to Work in Omaha by its own staff for an unprecedented five years.
Author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, Internet radio host and committed to eating vegan. Currently, I’m CEO of Assessment Research and Development, ceVoke Speakers and Host of Thug Metrics-an internet radio show about Big Data. Previously, founder of a top-ranked Internet radio show called DriveThruHR, which aired 1,000+ shows and served as Chief Strategy Officer for a global talent assessment company.
Crystal Miller is a Strategist and has over a decade of experience at some of the world’s biggest brands. She has worked with start-ups to Fortune 15 companies to at the intersection of HR & marketing; creating campaigns and strategies that solve business problems, tell compelling corporate stories and share the meaning of work in engaging ways that drive results. In addition, she has led both the internal HR function for a regional $350MM business and the largest real estate recruiting practice for the leading single-site search firm in the United States. She has been a reliable expert source on the topics of talent attraction, talent acquisition, talent management, and digital strategy for multiple media outlets including CBS, Hanley-Wood, Mashable, and ABC. As an industry leader, she is recognized for expertise in employer branding, recruitment strategy & marketing, social media, community building, digital strategic solutions and speaks globally on the same.
Dwane Lay is the Head of HR Process Design for Dovetail Software, a leading provider of HR case management and employee request management. With over fifteen years of HR and leadership experience, he has helped numerous organizations overhaul their practice, processes and technology. He also presents a variety of topics to professional audiences and is the author at DwaneLay.com. He is recognized as a leading authority on the application of Lean tools and techniques in Human Resources, as well as having a wealth of experience in applying business technology to improve HR processes.
He is a well known presence on the HR social media landscape. Dwane holds an MBA from Lindenwood University, as well as having earned a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources with HRCI.
Eric, Digital Marketing Manager and Partner, started as a social media associate and quickly proved his mettle, rising to become the head of our entire digital department. He is Google Adwords certified and works to create incredible digital and traditional advertising for Red Branch Media and its clients.
Jason Lauritsen is a talent strategist and innovator who will challenge you to think differently about talent and the workplace. A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason is today the Director of Best Places to Work for Quantum Workplace where he leads a program that collects data from 2 million employees each year to identify, celebrate and promote some of the best workplaces in the world. He is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity and some people may know him as the tall, dancing guy with Talent Anarchy.
Jeff WaldmanEntrepreneur & HR Tech Evangelist
Jeff Waldman is a senior HR leader and technology evangelist. His newest venture is ScaleHR, a growth ops consultancy that helps scaling companies streamline costs to empower revenue growth and employee productivity. Deeply engaged and connected within the SMB and HR technology spaces, Jeff’s influence has helped growing SMB companies strategically scale their People Operations through a combination of strategy and technology. With the world of work constantly changing, Jeff’s unique and creative perspective on business, HR, technology, and strategy has helped many growing organizations achieve extraordinary results. He has led and built HR teams at growing organizations in the technology, financial services, entertainment, broadcasting, government, not-for-profit and consulting industries. Currently, he is Founder & Principal at ScaleHR, an HR consultancy that works with growing SMBs to scale their HR and Talent operations, and HR tech startups to build amazing software. He is also the Founder of SocialHRCamp and HR Leaders Collective – experiential learning events for the HR community. Jeff is an avid speaker, blogger, and volunteer with diverse organizations and initiatives throughout North America. Originally from Vancouver, and currently living in North Toronto with his amazing wife and three awesome young boys with who he spends his personal time. He also coaches his kids’ sports teams and is an avid hockey player and snowboarder.
As Managing Director of VentureTech, Josh Berry is passionate about helping HR entrepreneurs build businesses. Keen on validating problems and markets before wasting time and money on building solutions, Berry is wicked smart at sorting through business assumptions and ideas to help individuals focus on what matters most. Prior to joining VentureTech, Berry helped lead the NMotion start-up accelerator and work directly with entrepreneurs through his independent consultancy, Smart Matter. He especially loves partnering with entrepreneurs on new technologies that help organizations and people work better – ideally in the areas of talent acquisition and management. Berry also has expertise and has been asked to internationally speak and teach on topics such as Lean Start-up, sales/marketing strategy, trends in HR technology and innovative talent acquisition/management practices.
Before jumping head-first into the start-up scene, Berry was involved for close to a decade with sales, product development, consulting and leadership at a global talent assessment company, Talent Plus. While there, he earned the Global Professional of Human Resources designation by the Human Resources Certification Institute and worked with dozens of talent management companies while leading Talent Plus’ strategic alliance program. A Nebraska native, Berry currently resides in Lincoln with his wife, Trisha, and their four children. When not helping HR entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, Berry enjoys learning, triathlons, playing bass guitar and working on his family ministry start-up, Family Box.
Kelli P. Lieurance is a partner at Baird Holm LLP who focuses on labor and employment law compliance, assisting employers with proactive, rather than just defensive, compliance efforts. Her practical approach not only offers clients a realistic view of their legal obligations, but also assists clients in implementing such obligations in a way that best suits their business needs.
Kelli received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2005, where she was awarded the Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award. While in law school she served as Senior Publications Editor for the Kansas Journal of Law: Public Policy and was a Student Bar Association Officer and Class President. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors and distinction, from the University of Kansas in 2002.
Kelli advises and trains clients on general day-to-day employment issues, including those related to the FLSA, FMLA, and other federal and state regulations. She also advises and defends employers on EEO matters, and prior to joining the firm, served as a legal intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations, in Washington D.C. She develops and has successfully defended many Affirmative Action Programs before the OFCCP, and counsels clients on all aspects of Affirmative Action compliance. Kelli also focuses on the implications of technology and social media use in the workplace, and advises employers on how best to protect themselves. Additionally, she provides counsel to employers on payroll card implementation and e-pay stub use.
Maren Hogan, CEO and Founder, is a seasoned marketer and community builder in the HR and Recruiting industry. Maren started Red Branch Media and, before she hired all the smiling faces you see below, she ran it on her own. In marketing for over 15 years, she has deep experience in strategic campaigns and a long-term, results-based operational approach. Read more of her work on Marenated.com,HRExaminer.com, Fast Company, LinkedIn,Recruiter.com, Inc.com,
Nick Jasa, CEO – One Source The Background Check Company has more than 15 years of experience in background screening, business, and leadership with emphasis in background screening to include FCRA obligations and consumer rights. He holds an FCRA Certification from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Nick was born and raised in Omaha, NE and has 7 children including twin 5 year olds.
Rayanne Thorn currently works as the Vice President of Marketing at Dovetail Software, an HR case management platform. Thorn has held several high-level positions in the HR and recruiting technology space at various companies which include TalentBrowser, Apploi, Technomedia, Evenbase, and Broadbean Technology. Her innovative marketing tactics have made her a standout in her field. Earlier in her career, Thorn served as a business and search consultant, as well as a contingent agency, executive retained, and corporate recruiter. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business – Organizational Development and Strategic Marketing from Vanguard University of Southern California.
In addition to her professional experience, Thorn is an accomplished writer, sharing her thoughts on business today, leadership, industry expertise, and how they often intersect with life. She is a featured columnist on the national business + lifestyle media platform IntrepidNow, a blogger at Blogging4Jobs, and as a job search contributor for Huffington Post. A widely-sought after public speaker, she has shared her insight at numerous business and HR/recruiting industry conferences and events. Thorn has been a part of online reality show Top Recruiter for the last four years and recently filmed the documentary Art of Recruiting, and is in pre-production for another documentary about industry change called, The Movement. Also an experienced talk show host, you can hear Rayanne interview a variety of guests on her online, on-demand radio show, HR Latte.
As Co-Founder & CPO of ConnectUp, Rob Garcia is a Silicon Valley product executive who has helped dozens of Fortune 500 companies and startups define and execute digital product strategies to introduce and gain adoption rapidly with disruptive innovative propositions.
Rob Garcia has over 12 years of experience in designing and building a broad range of user-centered web and mobile applications focused on delivering outstanding web experiences for companies like RiseSmart, Lending Club, Cisco, Road Runner Sports, Knight Ridder Digital, Smith & Hawken, Breville and Teamwork Athletic Apparel. His work has been awarded numerous prizes such as several Webby Awards, W3 Award, WebAwards, OMMA Award, Interactive Media Award and Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough Ideas.
Rob is also a leading voice in the startup community, blogging, tweeting, mentoring and speaking passionately about disruptive innovation.
Vicki is the SVP HR Director of Human Resources for American National Bank.
Vicki joined American National Bank in November of 2013 and is responsible
for all Human Capital strategy, including Organizational Development and
Learning, Performance Management and Benefits Administration. Prior to
American National Bank, Vicki was the Vice President of Member Experience
and Workforce Solution for PayFlex an Aetna subsidiary. Vicki also has
extensive experience with in the recruiting arena as she was responsible
for International Recruiting for the eBay subsidiary, PayPal where she
worked with PayPal’s Worldwide Operations overseeing the North American,
European and Asia-Pacific regions. In addition to being involved with
successful startups in the technology arena, Vicki had also served as HR
Director for SITEL Corporation, an international telecommunications
company. Vicki received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources
Management from Bellevue University