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.
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.
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.
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.
Chair, Social Work Program College of American Pathologists
Jamaica Connects Program: A collaborative project
between classrooms in Jamaica, West Indies and Chicago, Illinois, area
Professors Jade Stanley, Elizabeth Landerholm, and Joann Karr both from
The College of Ed took a group of students
to Jamaica as part of an
outreach program with Primary and Junior High Schools.
Jamaica Connects Program is designed to
increase collaboration and communication between the teachers of
elementary and teachers of younger children, within each respective
country, with joint activities to promote literacy. And together, they
have connections with international partner schools. Communication and
idea sharing will be enhanced through the joint ownership of the
Global Exploration and Multicultural Adventures web site. There will
be a webmaster for technical support and to develop templates for
teacher easy use.
Use of technology in literacy projects will be cost effective, and a
convenient mode of communication between teachers, students, and
parents,separated by distance, but united in goals for literacy
achievement for all.