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Jill Denman
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Jill Denman

Assistant Vice President, Learning & Organizational Development
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Jill Denman is the former Director of Talent Development at US Foods and in the retail division at Sears Holding Corporation. She is responsible for the development of all retail leaders at every stage of the development lifecycle, from onboarding to the needs of high potential associates. She has nearly fifteen years of experience in learning and leadership development and has been recognized as an accomplished Human Resources Business Leader for her work. She holds an M.S. in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University and is certified by The Center for Effective Performance as an Instructional Technologist. She speaks on topics such as Leadership Systems, Servant Leadership and the Evolution of the Workplace and sits on the board of RightStart4Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children get a good start in life across the globe.

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Karen Kocher
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Karen Kocher

General Manager, 21st Century Jobs, Skills and Employability
Microsoft

Karen Kocher is a Senior C-Suite Executive recognized for her business savvy, and innovative approach, with a distinguished career using foresight, design thinking and insights within global multi-national organizations. She has in-depth expertise in general management, P&L leadership, human resources, healthcare and sales with extensive experience in insurance, information technology, consulting, and business outsourcing across the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Demonstrated adeptness at transforming organizations and maximizing results through talent in both simple and complex circumstances.

As a skilled executive Karen is a proven change leader, and engaged business partner, focused on identifying, initiating, and implementing emerging next practices, innovation, and process efficiency and effectiveness, through challenging of paradigms, managing polarities and influencing leaders to embrace new approaches. She is a disruption attuned leader who recognizes when risks need to be taken to move in new and emerging directions, and is savvy at influencing and helping others connect to and embrace the need for change.

Karen has been honored with numerous awards such as: Human Resources Super Achiever Award, Mumbai, India, 2016; Chief Learning Officer Magazine Cover story, Jan 2014, and the Brandon Hall Strategy Award to name a few.

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Judy Meikle
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Judy Meikle

Board Member
RightStart4Kids.org

On July 20, 2009, Judy was the recipient of a miracle. It's the only word she can use to describe the gift of a heart, transplanted from an Army Ranger, who died after fighting to save his comrades in Afghanistan. "He saved people when he was wounded and saved even more people when he died; how many people can say that?", Judy said sitting in her Winnetka home where she grew up. Since receiving the heart of Cpl. Benjamin Kopp; Judy has made it her mission to spread the word about the importance of organ donation. It's what Ben would have wanted, Judy believes, and is the least she can do to carry on his spirit. "If just one person decides to be an organ donor, they'll be honoring Ben". Not a day goes by that Judy doesn't think about Ben, his gift and the incredible circumstances that led up to her heart transplant. She is very excited & pleased with the heart surgeries made possible by RightStart4Kids.

Judy was the 2014 keynote speaker to honor veterans at Winnetka, IL 87th Memorial Day observance.

Judy graduated from Washington University in St.Louis and Graduate School @ Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business. Her professional career was in the Finance Industry.

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Tom Nguyen
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Tom Nguyen

Co-Founder
RightStart4Kids.org

After completing medical school, Tom has chosen to focus his life-long passion helping others.

He is a co-founder of RightStart4Kids.org, which is a non-profit organization with projects helping local and international kids start life out right from the womb. Tom is the heart and sole of RightStart4Kids germinated from Tom’s humble childhood where he grew up in the Mekong Delta during difficult times.

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Jane M Shlaes
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Jane M Shlaes

Director, Learning & Organizational Development
College of American Pathologists

Jane Shlaes is the Director of Learning & Organizational Development at the College of American Pathologists. She has over twenty five years of experience in the field of learning and development in different sides of the healthcare industry. She’s worked for the corporate university of a Fortune 500 corporation, in consulting, spent 14 years as the Chief Learning Officer of NorthShore University HealthSystem and now is leading learning and organizational development for a not for profit organization dedicated to improvement in Pathology and laboratory medicine. Jane brings a Masters degree in Education from Northwestern University and is a certified physician coach.

In 2015, the College of American Pathologists was recognized under Jane’s leadership by HR.com with a Leadership Excellence magazine award for their management development program “Accelerating CAP Performance.” In 2009 Jane was the CLO of NorthShore when they received the Workforce Chicago Award for “Exemplary practice in employee learning and development.” Jane received the 2006 HR Rising Star Award from HR Executive Magazine and in 2004 she received the Chief Learning Officer magazine Bronze Award for Leading Business Change for her role in leading a large-scale training initiative to transition over 8,000 healthcare providers to a new electronic health record.

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