Atlanta HR Star Conference
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Speaker Information

Ruth St. Pierre is a Professional Speaker with Speakers you Need, LLC and has over 21 years of experience as a corporate trainer. Over her career Ruth has delivered more than 2,000 programs to over 50,000 participants throughout the United States and Canada, providing Ruth with the broad background that she brings to each client. Caring deeply about helping people, Ruth creates a dynamic learning environment which challenges, stimulates and energizes participants to move to a higher level of performance. As a corporate trainer, Ruth has partnered with companies like Padgett-Thompson, AMA and National Seminars Training in addition to founding and growing her own business communications and training firm. Additionally, Ruth has created and implemented successful marketing and public relations programs for non-profit organizations and has directed youth programs in her community. Ruth earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Warren University, holds several certifications such as the Organizational Dynamics Intensive Certificate and continues to deliver 80-120 training seminars and conference sessions each year.

David Gevertz, Esq. is a Shareholder and the Managing Director of Advocacy with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. He has more than 15 years of experience representing large public and privately held companies throughout the country in complex employment litigation. Mr. Gevertz defends class and collective actions; single and multi-plaintiff claims of racial, age, national origin, disability and religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation under state and federal laws; Family and Medical Leave Act claims; executive agreement and restrictive covenant litigation; drug-testing disputes; and reduction-in-force challenges. His practice also involves litigating accommodations claims brought against restaurants, theme parks, testing entities and other places of public accommodation under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and related state and local laws. In addition, Mr. Gevertz advocates employment law compliance and litigation avoidance for his clients. He counsels companies on conducting nationwide reductions-in-force, drafting and implementation of employment policies and procedures, investigating allegations of internal unethical and/or unlawful conduct, conducting comprehensive employment audits, negotiating employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and providing hiring, disciplinary and termination-related advice. Mr. Gevertz is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Clare Draper, Esq. is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Group at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and consistently has been named a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine. His practice covers all areas of labor and employment law. Having served as lead counsel in all types of labor and employment litigation for over 20 years throughout the country, Mr. Draper has developed extensive expertise in assisting clients with HR management issues, including litigation prevention, development and implementation of workplace policies and practices, reductions and expansions of the workforce, employee retention, union/management issues, regulatory compliance and negotiating, drafting and litigating employment agreements, restrictive covenants and separation agreements. Mr. Draper is a nationally known expert in the field of government-mandated affirmative action plans, and he serves as national affirmative action counsel for several companies, including the second largest private employer in the U.S. In addition, he is the author of several employment related publications, the latest of which is the Pike & Fisher/BNA book Workplace Privacy: A Guide for Attorneys and HR Professionals. Mr. Draper received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from Vanderbilt, where he was an associate editor on the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq. is a Partner with Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett, PLLC in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Charles-Collins has over 17 years of experience representing management in employment law matters. She also presides as a Certified Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association over employment, commercial and consumer cases in the U.S. and internationally. Mrs. Charles-Collins’ broad range of experience in employment law includes providing advice and successful litigation defense of matters in federal and state court and before administrative bodies in areas such as Title VII, the ADEA, FMLA and the ADA, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, federal and state wage and hour laws, state tort claims and restrictive covenant agreements. She also provides preventive counseling for employers, defends EEOC and other administrative charges, conducts internal investigations, trains management and supervisors, reviews and drafts employment policies, assesses and implements workplace solutions and defends unemployment compensation claims. Mrs. Charles-Collins’ experience as staff counsel for a multi-billion dollar, global international insurance firm makes her well-suited to also handle matters covered by employment practices liability insurance (EPLI). Mrs. Charles-Collins represents clients in a broad spectrum of industries, including food service, automotive, community management, community associations, healthcare, transportation, information technology, security services, cruise lines, risk management and government contractors. Mrs. Charles-Collins is very active in her community and has routinely provided pro-bono legal services. She is admitted to practice law in Florida, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dan Campbell is the Founder & Executive Chairman of Hire Dynamics which provides staffing for manufacturing, logistics, ecommerce, call centers and office support. Started in 2001, Hire Dynamics has offices throughout the Southeast with $120 million in revenue and recognized as a Best Places to Work Company in each of its markets. Campbell has been a leader in the staffing industry having served on the board of the American Staffing Association for 10 years including serving as Chairman in 2014 and has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Staffing Industry” for five consecutive years. Campbell was elected into the Staffing Industry Hall of Fame in 2017 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Atlanta by Business to Business Magazine in 2007. Campbell is the immediate Past Chairman of the largest chapter in the world of the Young President’s Organization. Prior to establishing Hire Dynamics, Campbell was CEO of a staffing firm based in Los Angeles, California. Previously, Campbell was Director of Business Planning for AHL Services and an Investment Banker in the Corporate Finance Group of Price Waterhouse. Campbell earned a BBA with honors magna cum laude from Millsaps College.

Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq. is the Co-Founder and President of SHIFT HR Compliance Training. As a dynamic employment law advisor, training instructor and industry thought leader, Katherin partners with clients to develop and implement strategies to manage risk, comply with the law, increase productivity and create an overall better workplace. Leveraging more than 20 years of success as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders, Katherin enables companies to proactively address and effectively manage workplace issues related to harassment and discrimination complaints, disability and leave law, wage and hour disputes, social media risks, staff reductions in force, and high-risk terminations. Katherin created SHIFT HR Compliance Training to provide innovative, engaging and impactful online training services to companies of all sizes from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. SHIFT HR Compliance Training delivers compliance training to human resource departments, executives, management teams and employees nationwide. Katherin works with human resources management professionals providing guidance and instruction enabling them to better manage and proactively address their training programs and many other employment law issues thereby avoiding costly litigation for their companies. As a champion for forward-looking employment law applications, Katherin is a frequent presenter on employment law issues and has authored many articles on current employment law hot topics.

Dr. Earl L. Suttle is the CEO and founder of Leadership Success International, LLC, an international consulting and training company based in Atlanta, GA, that works with businesses and organizations to increase their profits and productivity through developing their people. As a business consultant and dynamic professional keynote speaker, Dr. Suttle delivers numerous presentations throughout the United States each year. He is a best-selling author of five books with Dr. John Hubbard, including: Earl’s Pearls on Enjoying Excellence, Preparing for and Managing High-Risk Situations in the Lives of College Athletes (An Athlete’s Guide), Preparing for and Managing High-Risk Situations in the Lives of Professional Athletes (A Player’s Guide), Great Life Choices for Teens (Who Want to Make a Difference) and his latest, Stressed to Blessed. He has also produced a number of CD’s and DVD’s on leadership and professional personal development. “Empowerment through education and enthusiasm,” is the mission statement of his company. Dr. Suttle has conducted keynote addresses and seminars for corporations like Aflac Insurance, AT&T, Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the United States Postal Service, Kraft Foods, Toyota, The Hartford Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, the Georgia Department of Labor, Anheuser-Busch Companies, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida just to name a few. In addition, Dr. Suttle is a consultant to the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and World Wrestling Entertainment where he works directly with the players and athletes. Dr. Suttle has been featured in Ebony Magazine, In-Style Magazine as well as on CNN.

John McFarland is the President of Worxtime HR and a frequent speaker on the Affordable Care Act, employee benefits, healthcare reform and how employers and HR professionals can best accommodate the shifting tide of healthcare. Prior to joining Worxtime HR, Mr. McFarland served in both sales and management capacities for several companies where he consulted on individual benefits, employee benefit packages, benefits administration platforms and enrollment technology tools. His dual background in both benefits and technology allowed him to successfully transition into his current role where his responsibilities include overseeing strategic planning, managing the internal sales activities, as well as developing national relationships. John is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Operations Management and holds the notable Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist Certification.

Becky Dannenfelser is a Co-Principal at Clearwater Consulting Group, Inc. She brings over 25 years of stellar success at Macy’s both as an active leader, guiding individuals and teams repeatedly to positive results, and as a founding member of the Federated Leadership Institute and the Leadership Advisory Council for High Potentials. Her enthusiasm, dedication and passion for positive change fuel the work she does with organizations building cultures of engagement. Becky understands the needs of today’s leaders in Fortune 500 companies having led divisions of $350 million to $1 billion and having personally grappled with the myriad challenges that all leaders confront. She is driven to support organizations that want to step up to a vision of success through leadership at all levels. Becky is the co-author of Tough Talk: Ten Tips for Disarming Difficult Conversations published in April 2014.

Keith Webb is the Director of SaaS Technology for Ultimate Software and is responsible for supporting the Business Development Team - Global Enterprise. He is also a member of the Thought Leadership Speaker Forum. In his 12 year tenure at Ultimate, Keith has participated in the software industry's fundamental shift from traditional license acquisition to the fully hosted SaaS model while communicating these complexities and challenges to CIOs responsible for global workforces. Product roadmap, disaster recoverability, business continuity and an ever-evolving security paradigm have become cornerstone delivery for SaaS vendors, and emerging dash-boarding and complex/predictive analytics are driving IT investments as technology resources make the shift from support to strategic operations. Keith's insight into these technologies, trends and opportunities guide customers and prospects into making relevant technology investments that enable organizations to become better able to compete in the global landscape. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems, UTA and has 27years of technology experience.

Pete Smith is a Vice President and Principal with EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and has more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits and life insurance industry. Pete has been instrumental in overseeing the formation and implementation of policies and procedures for EPIC's Employer Services specialty consulting division. Pete excels in building new client relationships, servicing existing accounts, focusing on benefit design, cost containment and plan implementation. Prior to joining EPIC, Pete served as a Regional Director with Guardian Life.

Suzannah Gill, Esq. is a Benefits Strategy Consultant with EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and brings a breadth of benefits consulting experience to EPIC's Atlanta Employee Benefits Consulting team. With a background as an ERISA attorney at a prominent Atlanta law firm representing clients in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, she offers multi-varied expertise and a unique industry perspective. Suzannah provides client service leadership, including overall strategy and relationship management, delivering meaningful economic impact and helping her clients navigate through the complexities of employee benefits so they can focus on managing and growing their businesses. She is a regular writer for industry publications and is a speakers at industry conferences, including the International Symposium of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, SHRM, the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism, BenefitsPro Magazine, Employee Benefits Advisor and Employee Benefits News.

Dana Noweder is a Senior Business Process Consultant at Dana immediately found herself in a recruiting role right out of college, and recruiting quickly became a passion of hers mainly due to the lives she is able to impact. Starting on the agency side, she worked her way through to Recruiting Manager, guiding and training the recruiting staff. Before long she was on the corporate side of recruiting where she was the first employee hired to open a new call center in Phoenix and responsible for hiring everyone from security to sales. This self-proclaimed “recruiting nerd” now takes her 12 years of recruiting experience and shares it with others across the country at There she partners with customers to help improve their recruiting process and ensure that they see the best return on their investment. Dana is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied English Literature.

Peter N. Hall, Esq. is Senior Counsel at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry where he focuses his practice on labor and employment law with an emphasis on litigation matters. He counsels both large and small employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including avoidance of discrimination and retaliation claims, compliance with disability and medical leave requirements, wage and hour issues, employee terminations, restrictive covenants, union avoidance, trade secrets and records retention. Mr. Hall has represented employers before state administrative agencies in numerous states, as well as before federal agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB. In addition, he frequently drafts employment and separation agreements, as well as restrictive covenants and employee handbooks for multistate and multinational employers. Mr. Hall has litigated numerous complex and contentious matters, including individual, class, and collective actions. Many of his employment cases involve issues such as trade secret, restrictive covenant, computer fraud and theft, ERISA, discrimination and wage-hour issues. He also has experience litigating commercial cases involving securities fraud, franchisor/franchisee disputes, breach of contract and breach of warranty. Mr. Hall has been named a "Rising Star" several times by Super Lawyers magazine as well as a "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend magazine. He earned a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt University Law School where he was the Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Sheree Knowles, SPHR is the Founder and Chief Human Resources Officer for HR Knowledge Source (HRKS), a human resources advisory firm as well as a talented executive with over 20 years of HR leadership experience. She has served in senior-level roles for companies with regional and national geographic footprints. Her most recent corporate role was VP of Human Resources for a $1B professional services firm. Through HRKS, Sheree works with clients in variety of industries, including nonprofit, government, technology, higher education, construction and professional services. Ms. Knowles is a highly regarded leader and professional speaker. She is best known for her ability to build HR departments from the ground up - people, policies, processes and technology. In addition, she is an accomplished practitioner who has achieved multiple certifications and designations throughout her career: SPHR, CPM (Certified Project Manager), MBTI (Myers-Briggs) and DiSC. Sheree is a “generalist” by heart, preferring to work in all aspects of human resources. She enjoys talent acquisition, talent & performance management, employment law compliance, training & development, mergers & acquisitions and health & wellness. Ms. Knowles is also committed to the development of emerging HR leaders and entrepreneurs. Sheree is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Leadership Forum, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. She also serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the National Association of African American in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Atlanta Board. Ms. Knowles is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, MPH is the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, he promotes the protection and improvement of the health, safety and well-being of workers around the world. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the Director of the CDC Office of Health and Safety safeguarding the 15,000 members of the CDC workforce as they faced the new challenges of the modern public health era, including emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and other global health challenges. His office led numerous CDC workforce protection programs, including all occupational health services, laboratory and biosafety programs, environmental and compliance activities as well as workplace well-being and prevention initiatives. Before this position he served as the Medical Director of CDC’s three occupational health clinics. Dr. Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has been an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine since 1997. In addition, he received an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in May 2014. Before joining CDC, Dr. Chosewood was the Medical Director for the Southeastern Region of Lucent Technologies.

Seth Davies is Managing Partner and Senior Consultant at Competitive Solutions, Inc. where he runs the day to day operations of the Atlanta office. Seth is a popular speaker at human resources, operational excellence and quality conferences. He believes organizations today must create and sustain a culture with three non-negotiable attributes: a sense of urgency, a clear and concise business focus, and a leadership-driven accountability. In this regard he has assisted a wide variety of organizations in the development of their key business metrics, documented communication strategy and established collective accountability across the company. Organizations that Seth has worked with include Pfizer, Genentech, Genzyme, Goodwill Industries, Revlon, Michelin Tire, Alcon Life Sciences, National Institute Severely Handicapped (NISH), and several Army Depots.

Laura Stanley is a Senior Partner at Clearwater Consulting Group, Inc. Laura is a leadership development strategist, executive coach and former senior human resource executive focused on improving employee engagement through talent management and human capital strategy. She designs and facilitates high-impact leadership development programs and workshops for managers and employees - particularly those facing the challenge of leading during turbulent times. As a leadership advisor and coach to senior executives, C-level officers and employees alike, Laura drives business results and enhances employee retention and engagement with her innovative problem-solving approach and collaborative partnering style. Years of experience in recruiting and executive search enable Laura to understand the unique market dynamics of recruitment, employment branding and career transition. Her 20 plus years of experience leading, coaching and developing high-potential talent, leaders and teams, yield significant individual and organizational impact. Laura is a Registered Corporate Coach with the World Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and is proficient in the DiSC assessment tool. In addition, she is fluent in French and conversational Italian, and her international experiences enable her to consult cross-culturally and in a global context.

Nancy J. Lewis, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, RCC is a leading inspirational speaker, trainer, author and registered corporate coach. Nancy is the President of Progressive Techniques, Inc. based in Fayetteville, Georgia and has been conducting training for 30 years. She is the co-author of, Millennials and Beyond: Making the Leap from Texting to Talking.. Additionally, Nancy has worked as an adjunct faculty instructor at Georgia State University where she has taught courses in human resources. Nancy works with organizations that want to develop their people potential and with employees who want more fulfillment in their careers. She conducts dynamic keynotes and seminars on leadership, diversity and human resources. Also, she delivers customized, interactive and content-rich presentations and works with executives and managers to help them transform and enhance their careers. Nancy was included in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and is the former host of the radio talk show, Sisters Together: Sharing Stories Straight From the Heart. She has been featured regularly on local radio and television broadcasts and was selected as a 2009 WNBA Atlanta Dream Woman of Inspiration. Nancy was also selected by Rolling Out Magazine as one of 25 most influential women in Atlanta. Some of Nancy’s clients include: Delta Air Lines, Inc., Chick-fil-A, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, FORD Motor Company, AT&T, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The American Heart Association, Winn Dixie, Georgia State University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, SunTrust Bank, Spelman College, Kimberly Clark Corporation and Georgia Institute of Technology. Nancy earned a M.S. degree from Georgia State University in Urban and Public Affairs with a concentration in Human Resources.

Braden L. Albert is the Founder and President of the HR Star Conference and its parent company, Abbington Court Media. A graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, Braden began organizing job fairs and trade shows in the mid-1990's. Intrigued by the idea of bringing people together for a shared, learning experience - and impressed by the impact such an experience can provide - Braden organized his first HR Star Conference in 1999. Today, the scope of the HR Star Conference includes annual events in Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; and Cleveland, Ohio. Over 3,300 HR professionals attended an HR Star Conference in 2016.