John L. Bennett, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science and Director of the MS in Executive Coaching and Organization Development programs at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. He is an educator, researcher, consultant, executive coach, and author. He earned his MPA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and is a Board Certified Coach (BCC). Currently, he serves as the president of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching. Dr. Bennett is author of numerous articles and several books including Coaching for Change (released 2013).
Since joining FreemanWhite in 1991, Frank Brooks has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s healthcare focused strategic and business vision. As Director of Design, he ensures that each project achieves exceptional functional and aesthetic design. With 30 years of healthcare planning and design experience, Frank is responsible for over $2 billion of completed projects on hospital campuses across the country. Additionally, one of Frank’s proudest achievements is his role in shaping FreemanWhite’s culture as a company that clearly understands the importance of creative and innovative design solutions delivered with integrity, clarity and a passionate commitment to excellence.
Natasha Getway is Associate Director of HR at KPMG, LLP. She is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina and has over 15 years of HR experience, including 7 years with KPMG. She has her SPHR credentials and has facilitated numerous training sessions during her time as a Human Resources professional. Her knowledge base and training experience includes topics such as generational differences, workplace effectiveness, flexibility in the workplace, Performance Management training, and Situational Leadership. Natasha is a champion of workplace flexibility for her own organization and serves as a leader on KPMG’s Employer of Choice committee and KPMG’s Network of Women where she supports and advocates workplace flexibility programs. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of employee relations and management, alternative work arrangements, workplace programs, being an effective PML, and strategic HR leadership.
Lisa Horn serves as the Co-Leader for SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative and partnership with the Families and Work Institute (FWI). She is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the Society’s partnership with FWI, including outreach efforts to SHRM affiliates, development of products and services for the membership, and coordination with SHRM’s public relations campaign, We Know Next. As a respected source for research and trend data on flexible work environments, Lisa is one of SHRM’s primary spokespeople on workplace flexibility, regularly interviewed by the media and sought out as a speaker for human resource audiences. Lisa also oversees the organization’s workplace flexibility public policy efforts and advises on the Society’s workplace flexibility educational offerings.
Becky Keenan, CFP, RFC, founder and president of Keenan Convergence and Network Legal, has over 25 years experience working with Charlotte area businesses providing work-life programs to employees and key management. A Certified Estate Planner and Registered Investment Advisor, Becky champions the cause of work-life balance as one of the five critical components of HR’s Total Rewards. As a business owner, national speaker, lecturer and community advocate, she understands the changing demands of the business environment and has broadened her focus to include the creation of a Charlotte community dialogue on workplace flexibility.
Ellen Ernst Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management at Krannert School of Management & Research Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is well-known internationally for research on employer support of work and family and workforce diversity.
Dr. Kossek has received many awards including the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity’s Sage Scholarly Achievement award recognizing research to advance gender and diversity in organizations. Ellen was elected to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Management, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division Chair, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her research received major funding from foundations, governments and employers. She is a current founding member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Work, Family and Health Network. She authored or edited nine books, including best-selling CEO of Me: Creating a Life That Works in the Flexible Job Age on work-life boundaries. Ellen published an on-line work-life assessment and training tool, the Work Life Indicator, with the Center for Creative Leadership. A popular keynote speaker and educator, Ellen has taught students, managers and practitioners for several decades and has had an inspirational impact on their advancement of the human resources management and work-life fields.
Kenneth Matos, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Employment Research and Practice at Families and Work Institute and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. He conducts research on a wide range of workforce and workplace issues, including diversity, mentoring, work-life fit, and workplace effectiveness. His responsibilities include identifying emerging employment issues and trends, conducting analyses, writing reports and speaking on the findings from the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing nationally representative studies—the National Study of Employers and the National Study of the Changing Workforce. He also co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness, in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). When Work Works sponsors the Sloan Awards for Effective and Flexible Workplaces, which recognizes employers for providing workplaces that are beneficial to both employers and
Rebecca A. Nagy, a professional member of NSA (The National Speakers Assn.) is a Motivational Speaker, Meditation Master Teacher and Corporate Trainer. She is the author of the audio program, “Instant Calm, Meditations To Train Your Brain And Calm Your Emotions In An Instant”. For more information: http://www.rebeccanagy.com
Allison O’Kelly is the founder/CEO of Mom Corps, a national professional talent acquisition and career development firm, with a focus on flexible and alternative work options. She has been noted as an expert, advocate and consultant on the subject of workplace flexibility and alternative work options. Her ideas and experience have been quoted in the national press and she currently serves as an expert contributor for Huffington Post. She was named to Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2012.
Sharon Reed is a global and civic-minded business strategist and thought leader – connecting ideas, people and data to drive sustainable and innovative solutions that enhance the bottom line. She recently served as Senior Manager for Strategic Market Initiatives at Lime Energy, and continues to partner with the City of Charlotte, Brookhaven National Lab, and industry leaders to promote best practices in clean energy as part of the U.S.-China EcoCities initiative. In her spare time, Sharon writes on the importance of values-aligned leadership, personal development, and organizational effectiveness and is a respected blogger within the leadership and training industry.
Zachary White is an Assistant Professor and the Interim Director of MA in Communication Program in the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. His teaching emphasizes the way we manage meaning and communicate everyday experiences. He has served as a communication consultant for organizations and practitioners in the health care field. His research examines end-of-life communication and the challenges encountered by professional caregivers, volunteers, family members, and employees. Dr. White holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University. He is the founder of The Unprepared Caregiver, a popular blog and resource for caregivers.
Jeremiah B. Wills, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens University of Charlotte, where he teaches courses in family sociology, social inequality, and research methods. His current research projects focus on gender-related processes within family and work contexts and include studies examining the links between parental employment on child well-being. Dr. Wills holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from UNC-Greensboro and a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University.