The Tifosi Workforce Design Studio,
Chad Strickland is a creative leader known for innovating against HR norms who's vision for associate purpose and engagement was a catalyst for change within his former organization. Chad was selected to develop and implement a major HR transformation project for the 13,000-associate organization, which previously had no centralized HR function. Chad's determination to engage associates and his team on how their work impacts not only the organization but the community they serve is his driving ethos. His interest (obsession?) in technology's influence on today's job seekers and employees is laying the foundation for the company's next era of talent acquisition and engagement. While cofounding a tech company and partnering with successful founders and startup employees, he has been researching the aspects of the culture that make it both innovative and unique. His ultimate concern is whether any of these cultural components of the startup world, which is attracting the brightest and most engaged talent, can be replicated in large enterprise for future success and sustainability.
Kevin S. Joyner
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.,
Kevin Joyner represents employers in a myriad of employment-related and complex commercial matters, including litigation involving discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and other claims, and matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Mr. Joyner has extensive experience representing employers in wage and hour class action and collective action defense, particularly involving alleged tip credit violations in the restaurant industry and misclassification of exemption from overtime status. He has represented employers in multiple lawsuits brought by the EEOC as well as EEOC pattern and practice class administrative investigations. Mr. Joyner also has extensive experience in litigating high-stakes matters in the context of motions seeking temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief matters involving restrictive covenant (noncompete, non-solicit, no-raiding, confidentiality agreements), misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition, and related cases.
Audrey Robbins Bledsoe
Coastal Beverage Company,
Vice President of Human Resources
Audrey Robbins Bledsoe, SPHR, SHRM - SCP, is currently Coastal Beverage Company’s vice president of human resources. She has built an impressive HR resume over the past 21 years, starting at South Carolina Federal Credit Union in Charleston, SC, and Interroll Corporation of Wilmington, NC. She is a leading authority in organization design and currently serves as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Goodwill Industries of North West North Carolina,
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Rudy Allen is vice president of human resources and organizational development for Goodwill Industries of North West North Carolina. He has an extensive HR operational background in helping organizations maximize results through people. Rudy has a demonstrated ability to ask the critical questions in solving HR-related challenges, and he works with all levels of team members and diverse cultures through change initiatives with a collaborative approach. His areas of focus include internal/external career coaching, training and development, working with managers and supervisors, providing counsel and coaching in resolving complex people concerns, process improvement, delivering customer service, and reducing and eliminating bureaucracy wherever possible.
Goodwill Industries of NWNC, Inc.,
Director of Human Resources
Karen Caines has been employed with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc. for more than 18 years and has held the position of director of human resources since 2005. In 2014, Karen was awarded one of 10 national scholarships to the University of Phoenix, where she completed her MBA in 2016. From 2009-2012, Karen also held a part-time instructor position at Forsyth Technical Community College, teaching organizational behavior, performance management and communications for the HR professional.
Tony Segreto serves as Ultimate Software's liaison for special projects. In that role, he moderates events, expertly disseminates UltiPro information via videos, and evangelizes Ultimate's products and services to a wide audience. Previously, Tony spent 40 years as one of the most experienced and trusted anchors on South Florida television. He joined WTVJ in 1968 as an intern. During his tenure, he worked as a photographer, producer, reporter, and anchor for both sports and news. During his career, Mr. Segreto covered more than 20 Super Bowls, 2 Olympics, World Series, Stanley Cups, NBA finals, and National Championships. He has also interviewed two sitting presidents and political leaders from around the country. In 1995, he was honored by the South Florida chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with the prestigious Silver Circle Award, recognizing more than 25 years of excellence in broadcast journalism.