Dr. Debbie Bullock, SPHR, CDF-I, SVP, Chief Administrative Officer, NAAAHR
Dr. Debbie Bullock is a seasoned and results-oriented facilitator of the adult learning and work experience with a 25 year successful career history in the public and private sectors. She has major strengths in human capital management and is passionate about leading diverse groups in meeting organizational goals. Dr. Bullock is the author of the book entitled, “It’s All Good: When Lessons lead to Blessings.” Also, she has conducted research studies on mentoring programs for women in leadership and success factors for African American women in management. She holds an earned Doctorate of Education and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Currently, Dr. Bullock serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the historic Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Board Member and Vice President of Fundraising of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. She shares her life with her husband of 24 years, Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor of the Canaan Baptist Church in Delaware, and they have two sons, Benjamin and Daniel.
Dr. Tamara A. Yost, Ph. D., Technical Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Tammy has more than 20 years of experience in the field of electrical and electronic engineering and has been employed at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. since 2000 as a Member of Technical Staff leading technology and product development activities. She is nearly as passionate about diversity as she is about technical innovation! She is a founding member of Gore’s Diversity Council where she has participated in shaping an innovative approach that leverages Gore’s unique, collaborative culture. Dr. Yost started and leads the LGBT Employee Resource Group at Gore. She led Gore’s Diversity Metrics Team that guided the Enterprise to periodically conduct a Diversity & Inclusion survey. Tammy is also part of a team that designed and facilitates a successful leadership team learning process that has generated increased leader commitment and involvement. Prior to joining Gore, she was a recipient of the Graduate Engineering Education Doctoral Fellowship for Women and Minorities in Education sponsored by the National Science Foundation at Drexel University and was employed by IBM. She and her partner have four children.
Mr. John F. Clayton, Jr., MBA, Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives, Independence Blue Cross
John F. Clayton Jr., is the Manager of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives for Independence Blue Cross headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence Blue Cross serves almost seven million people nationwide, including 2.1 million in the region. Independence Blue Cross is committed to “Changing the Game” by finding innovative solutions to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities it serves while delivering competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. In his role as Manager of Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives, John’s responsibilities include steering the design, development and implementation of the enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy, managing its employee resource groups, and servings as a subject matter expert in diversity and inclusion best practices, and identifying organizations and associations at the local and national level to help build and sustain relationships that are mutually beneficial to the community and Independence Blue Cross. John also directs all enterprise wide intern and co-op programs and partners with community and regional entities in order to further explore ways to educate, train, and provide opportunities for the Philadelphia region’s current and emerging workforce. John is the co-chair of the Philadelphia WorkReady Committee of the Council for College and Career Success and chairs the Career Technical Education Business and Financial Services – Industry Advisory Committee. He has also served on several non-profit advisory boards. John holds a Masters in Business Administration with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University.
Mrs. Jane Rosenzweig, Diversity Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates
Jane joined Gore as their Diversity Leader in 2005 and began driving a process that has created a unique, relevant focus for Diversity at Gore: quite simply, that diversity and inclusion are critical ingredients for sustaining the Gore culture. Jane works to help associates at W.L. Gore understand the dynamics of “difference”. In building an enterprise-wide strategy for Diversity, Jane is focused on creating more individual and team capability for using differences productively. Prior to Gore, Jane spent 11 years at J.P. Morgan Chase. As part of the Corporate Diversity team, she had leadership responsibility for the employee engagement and diversity communication strategy.
Mrs. Joyce Bradley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lee Hecht Harrison
Joyce Bradley, SVP and General Manager of the Greater Philadelphia area for Lee Hecht Harrison, a global leader in creating and delivering distinctive talent management solutions, particularly career transition, leadership development and workforce solutions. She has achieved the SuperStars Award as Top General Manager for several times as well as Top Region of 2008 and has been instrumental in significantly increasing LHH market share and expanding relationships. Joyce is well connected in the Philadelphia business community and has been instrumental in facilitating high level connections with her clients. Her background includes sales and marketing leadership roles with deep experience in a variety of industries. Known for driving results with high integrity and a positive teaming approach, Joyce has been a trusted advisor and coach for senior executives and their teams, helping them maximize the skills necessary to achieve performance targets linked to business strategy.
Mr. David Earle, CEO, Staffing.org
Mr. Earle is the Managing Partner of Edvise Partners, an investment group focused on the enterprise Human Capital Management market, and CEO of Staffing.org. Since 1998, Staffing.org has provided staffing related research and advisory services to thousands of clients worldwide through various combinations of published products and consulting. The focus of that work is helping employers transition from the 20th century staffing model to the 21st century model. Over the years, Mr. Earle has been involved in a variety of educational and information ventures including programs for secondary, college and adult students; college textbook publishing; writing and producing for PBS and cable television; television station management; and managing international corporate training and communication programs.
Rev. John Moore, Sr. is native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2005 he retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of honorable service to his nation. He currently serves as the Vice President, Resource Development and Strategic Partnerships for the United Way of Delaware. He is also the Executive Director for the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy and since January 2000 has served as the Youth Pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, Delaware. In June 2013 he completed his coursework for a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies from the Friends International Christian University through the Calvary Bible Institute in Dover, DE. In August 2007 he was recognized by Delaware Governor Ruth Anne Minner and eight state agencies as the recipient of the John H. Mathis Trailblazer Award for his sustained commitment to promote unity and cultural understanding. He has spoken in many schools, colleges, churches, and organizational gatherings locally and throughout the nation as well as in Germany, Japan, and Korea. His Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presentation “Echoes of a Prophet” has been instrumental in keeping the dream of Dr. King vibrantly alive in the hearts of audiences of all diverse backgrounds for more than twenty years. On August 26, 2011 he was selected to recite “I Have A Dream” at a private dedication held by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Washington D.C. for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that was attended by over 7500 guest to include Elder Bernice King (daughter of Dr. King), Martin Luther King III (Dr. King’s son), Christine King Farris (Dr. King’s sister), Andrew Young, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Myrlie Evers Williams, Rev. Joseph Lowery and many other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Moore was awarded the 2012 Delaware State Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for his life work in advancing the cause of human and civil rights in Delaware. Past winners include the Honorable Herman Holloway, Sr., Penrose Hollins, Louis L. Redding, Rev. Maurice Moyer, Littleton Mitchell and Reuben Salters. Rev. Moore resides in Magnolia, Delaware with his wife of twenty-seven years, Candace Alphonso Moore and two sons, John Jr. and Collin. His motto in life is, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.”
Dr. Michael F. Broom, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies
Michael F. Broom, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist who for over 35 years has helped all types of organizations increase their productivity and employee engagement through Strategic Planning for a clear sense of vision and focus. Recognizing that many change management practitioners, both internal and external, needed an additional level of support if they were to maximize their expertise and success, Michael F. Broom, Ph.D. founded the Center for Human Systems with the support and encouragement of Edith Whitfield Seashore. (Edie was a well known organizational development sage and founder of several OD programs including the prestigious American University/NTL graduate program) Dr. Broom has been a full-time and part-time faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies’ Graduate Programs in Applied Behavioral Science. A past member of the board of directors of the NTL Institute in Applied Behavioral Science, Dr. Broom has chaired that organization’s Transformative Social Change Committee. He was recently on the Board of Trustees of the national Organization Development Network. He also has been adjunct faculty at GeorgetownUniversity, AmericanUniversity, FieldingGraduateUniversity, and MorganStateUniversity teaching courses in human and organizational development. Dr. Broom is author of Power, The Infinite Game, co-authored with Dr. Donald Klein and The Infinite Organization which celebrates the positive use of power in organizations.
Mr. Nathaniel Alston, Chairman, NAAAHR & President; Founder, The Horizons Group, LLC
Nathaniel Alston is the President & Founder of The Horizons Group, LLC, a human capital consulting firm specializing in human resources strategic planning, talent acquisition, management development training and succession planning. Nat has over 35 years of executive level and mid level human resources experience in a variety of positions covering such industries as financial services, health care, hospitality, food service, food distribution, higher education, local and state government. He was the Vice President of Human Resources for the State Employees Credit Union of Maryland. He has directed the overall human resources function for the largest credit union in the State of Maryland. Before joining SECU, Nat was the Regional Director for Human Resources for Service America Corporation, a major food service contractor. At the Marriott Corporation, Nat was the Corporate Manager of Employee Relations and Management of Employment, by Holiday Inns, Inc. as Manager of Employment, by Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Care System as manager of Human Resources, by PYA Monarch a division of SARA Lee Corporation as manager of Corporate Employee Relations, and by The HBH Corporation as an Overseas Recruiter. Nat spent 10 years in Law Enforcement serving as a Maryland State Police Officer, a Prince George’s County Police Officer and as Director of Public Safety, Bowie State College (now Bowie State University). In 1998, Nat, along with twelve other senior human resources’ executives founded the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, was elected National President in 2001, and in 2007 bestowed the Lifetime Member Emeritus. Nat is also the 2011-2013 Immediate Past President of The University of Maryland University College National Alumni Association. Nat is a weekly contributor to radio station WEAA< Morgan State University on Mondays on the Sandy Mallory Show with his “Tips to Elevate Your Career” and a frequent presenter at the “Moneywise Empowerment Seminars” with Kelvin Boston. He has spoken before numerous Civic Organizations, Colleges and business organizations. Nat received his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland University College.
Mr. William T. Rolack, Sr., CEO of NAAAHR; Sr. Director of Workforce Strategy, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball
William is currently employed as the Senior Director of Workforce Strategy, Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball in the Officer of the Commissioner. He has been featured on the Black Enterprise Business Report, WMHT’s New York Now, News 12 Long Island, Newsday, The Network Journal, The Black Collegian, Long Island Business News and has received a proclamation from the New York City Council for his work as a mentor, professional coach and contributions in the human resources field. William has served as president of NAAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources) Greater New York Chapter and as a member of the national board of directors. William also served on the Executive Board of the Urban League of Long Island and is a 2007 recipient of the 10th Annual “40 Under Forty” Award by The Network Journal Magazine and a 2008 honoree by the Long Island Business News. William currently serves on the Graduate and Adult Enrollment Advisory Board for Marist College, has served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York Brooklyn Economic Opportunity Center, and has been a guest speaker for organizations such as the Columbia University School of Business, Polytechnic University, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Urban Financial Services Coalition to name only a few. He received his BS degree in business administration from South Carolina State University and his M.B.A. from Long Island University.
Mr. Maximillian Hamilton, SVP Communications and Branding, NAAAHR; Director of Multimedia Sales, Black Enterprise Magazine
Maximillian is an advertising/marketing expert, entrepreneur, activist, thought leader and consultant to global business leaders. He provides winning strategies to Fortune 1000 companies, Government and Not-for Profit-Profit Organizations to effectively market their products and services to business professionals and owners of emerging businesses worldwide. Maximillian is a team member of an elite group of marketing/advertising solution professionals at Earl G. Graves Ltd/Black Enterprise. He solves complex problems for Fortune 1000 companies who are challenged in reaching this niche market. Considered as one of the company’s top revenue generators; Maximillian is the guy you call when you’re tired of thinking small. Some would say he is a Maven, Connector and a Rainmaker! Additionally, Maximillian is the Founder and Managing Partner at Rogue Media Group, LLC, a disruptive media sales, marketing and consultancy firm that delivers custom advertising programs and strategic sales and marketing plans for Publishers and non-for profit organizations while connecting corporate brands to a unique, duplicated, high engaged audience.
Mrs. Pamela J. Green, MBA, SPHR, SVP Corporate Strategies, NAAAHR; CEO of Power Project Institute, LLC
Pamela J Green, MBA, SPHR is a business executive turned entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, consultant and executive coach with more than 25 years of business leadership experience. As the former VP/Chief Membership Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (the worlds largest association for HR professionals), she was responsible for $37m P&L and strategies to engage and retain more than 260k business professionals! Since launching her company, Power Project Institute, LLC, she has been serving as a private consultant to multi-million dollar global corporations and their business executives developing strategies that lead to greater productivity, employee satisfaction and business results! Pamela is a highly regarded keynote speaker, has spoken to hundreds of universities, corporations and conferences, and has been featured in a multitude of media outlets including HR Magazine, SHRM Online, Association’s Now, Biz Summits, The Columbus Post, The Network Journal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, CSPNet.com, AllParenting.com and The St. Marten Daily Herald to name a few. Pamela is a professionally trained executive coach, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Human Resources and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio where she was born and raised.
Mr. Christopher Lopez, Regional VP, Northeast, NAAAHR; Diversity Manager, US Airways
Christopher E. Lopez is a Human Resource Professional with over 12 years of experience in talent acquisition, labor/employee relations and diversity management. He has developed strategies that have lead to permanent solutions for companies within different industries and markets. In 2004, Chris and his partners started a Human Resource Consulting firm called Bluerose Consultant Group, where he has leveraged his proven techniques within diversity management, human resource management and talent management for clients in medium and/or small markets. Prior to working as a consultant, Christopher worked for AON Hewitt formerly known as Hewitt Associates. Where he was one of their Senior Analyst within the division of Multi Process Outsourcing. He grew in the field of Human Resources Management, while working for: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, West Chester University, ARAMARK and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Human Resources, Christopher worked as a Multi Unit Food and Beverage Manager for Walt Disney World, Delaware North Park Services, Host Marriott Services (HMS Host) and Woods Foodservice. As a graduate of Cheyney University, Christopher holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. As a person who has dedicated his professional career to growth, development and networking within the human resource community. In2010 he was appointed to the NAAAHR national board of directors. He also, is Co-Leader within the Whine and Dine Human Resource Networking Group for the Philadelphia Area. Christopher currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Tanya, and two young children, Christopher, Jr. and Christian.
Mr. Ronald W. Whitaker, II, MS, Ed, MBA, NAAAHR Delaware Board Advisor
Ronald W. Whitaker, II is an Ivy League educated academician, business strategist, and committed educator. Professionally, Mr. Whitaker is currently the Program Coordinator for Montgomery County Community College Trio programs, and a committee member for the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Past professional accomplishments include: (1) adjunct teaching for Princeton University’s social emotional program, (2) spearheading a diversity initiative for student athletes at the University of Delaware, (3) working on two research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, and (4) four years as director at Urban Family Council, which was a non-profit organization that provided educational services to schools and organizations in the Pennsylvania Tri-State area. Educationally, Mr. Whitaker is pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Eastern University. In addition, he earned undergraduate degrees in Leadership and Biblical Studies from Geneva College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Known as a mentor and role model, Mr. Whitaker is committed to providing premier leadership in an educational milieu. He endeavors to motivate and facilitate change with a blend of boldness and humility.
Ms. Marie J. Oakberg, MBA, Organizational Development Practitioner
Marie Oakberg is an organization development professional with special expertise in diversity and inclusion, change management and strategic alignment. She has experience in management consulting, financial services, information systems, research and manufacturing environments. She has an MBA and a post-MBA certificate with a concentration in organization development. She was in the first cohort of the OD Practitioners program (now Triple-Impact Practitioners program) led by Edie Seashore and Michael Broom. At DuPont, she was an adjunct facilitator for the Center for Creativity and Multicultural OD initiatives, and developed diversity and inclusion education. At Fleet Credit Card she facilitated strategic alignment, diversity council initiatives, culture change, group process improvement, and change management during the acquisition of Fleet by Bank of America. She was the first Diversity Manager at Wilmington Trust, where she led their global Diversity and Inclusion efforts, including strategic assessment and alignment with business objectives, piloting, launching and facilitating staff networking groups, and practical inclusion skills education. Most recently she designed, developed and presented webinars on religion in the workplace for a leading facilities services organization.
Dr. Devona Williams founded Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc., (GWA) in 1986 to “help organizations achieve greater productivity in strategic work environments”. As President/CEO of GWA, Dr. Williams has contributed her talents to helping more than 40000 individuals in hundreds of organizations increase their performance and effectiveness. Dr. Williams is an expert in strategic planning, organizational performance assessment, development and improvement, meeting and retreat facilitation. Williams and her company also provide professional development in leadership, diversity and team building. Williams is a professional speaker on business, diversity, leadership, motivation, and success and is often quoted in the media on these topics. She is author of the new release, The Intentional Consultant: How to grow a sustainable practice, contributing author to the inspirational book, Remarkable Women and creator of the national best-selling Spice of Life® Diversity Card training tool. Williams was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Psi Iota & Psi Epsilon Chapters in 2011 and Consultant of the year by the Denver Business Journal in 2006. Dr. Williams received her doctorate in Urban Affairs & Public Policy from the University of Delaware. In 1995, she received the University of Delaware’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University’s College of Urban Affairs & Public Policy. In 2009 GWA was named a Top 100 MBE in the region. The Denver Business Journal and the Delaware Today Magazine have recognized GWA as an Outstanding Woman Owned business in 2005 and 2006. GWA received the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award in June 2000. GWA is a certified WBE/MBE business established in 1986 headquartered in Clayton, Delaware.
When rumors began to fly about the failing marriage of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Ok! Magazine called S. Renee to assess the impact on Katie’s self-esteem. When television personality and celebrity Rachael Ray signed an endorsement deal with Dunkin’ Donuts, Marketing Daily sought S. Renee’s expertise in personal branding and brand management. And when syndicated columnist Mildred Culp (Workwise) needed to quote a branding expert, again, S. Renee’s phone rang. (Some television appearances include: NBC (The 10! Show), CBS (Speak Up!), CN8 (Your Morning) and (Art Fennell Show). A thought-provoking and insightful leader in the areas of personal, professional and spiritual development. S. Renee is the author of There Is More Inside and The Bridge to Your Brand: Likability, Marketability, Credibility. Reaching national and international audiences, her popularity has continuously grown serving over 50 clients across seven industries, with 95% as repeat clients. Highly intuitive and engaging, S. Renee has been called “a leading authority on personal branding.” She shared the stage with CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies and with other national leaders. Her business savvy and vision for steady growth has led to a partnership with BCT Partners, a multi-million dollar firm whose CEO is Randal Pinkett, the season four winner of The Apprentice. She attended Delaware State University and graduated cum laude in only three years. Delaware Today Magazine has named S. Renee as an Influential Woman in Business (December 2011); as one of Delaware’s Black Leaders (February 2010); and as one of Delaware’s 40 under 40 to watch (April 2002). In 2006, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity. S. Renee is also a proud 2010 Leadership Delaware graduate. She is a member of United Way of Delaware Women’s Leadership Council, Delaware’s Community Impact Fund Review Panel and Delaware Community Foundation Kent County Advisory Board—Delaware’s largest philanthropic organization. During her free time you’ll find her on the golf course, near the ocean, or sharing with family and friends.
Terrence is a results-oriented Human Resource professional with 22 years of proven performance capabilities in Diversity, Staffing/Recruiting, People Development, and Strategy Design within start-ups, private, and Fortune 500 organizations. Through his experiences, Terrence has been able to take complex situations, and uniquely integrate simple solutions to achieve and deliver optimal results. He has been viewed by some of his colleagues and peers as a goal-oriented, solution driven professional, valued for his ability to integrate diverse personalities and inputs to achieve and deliver solutions. Over the last seven years, Terrence has been an associate on the Human Resource Team at W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. For most of that time, his primary commitment focused on providing full life-cycle staffing and recruiting expertise across four divisions within the U.S. Region. In a complement to this role, Terrence also worked closely with the Enterprise Diversity Team, where he developed and implemented a diversity sourcing strategy in partnership with the recruiting team. Today he focuses full-time on diversity efforts, which includes, but is not limited to the following: guiding and supporting affinity networks, facilitating diversity awareness sessions, and driving related strategic initiatives throughout the U.S. region. He is an active member of Gore’s Eastern Diversity Council, the African American Business Network Core Team, and the New Hire orientation team. Terrence received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in Corporate Communication from Castleton State College in Vermont. He has a Certificate from National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurs (NFTE), a Professional Certificate in Training and Employee Development from the University of Delaware, and a Training Certificate from the American Society of Training and Development. In addition, he has been trained in and has administered Behavioral Based Interviewing Techniques (Development Dimensions International – DDI), and has been Six Sigma Certified as a Green Belt. Terrence has been married for 22 years to his wife Monique, and has two daughters, La-Chelle and Dominique.
Ms. Erika Broadwater, CPC, President, NAAAHR Delaware; Executive Director, Talent Management Team; Talent Acquisition Manager, Nixon Medical
Erika Broadwater has over 18 years of professional Recruitment Management and Talent Acquisition experience and 6 years as of Career Performance Coaching, Leadership Development Consultation, and Motivational Speaking. She is an energetic, results-driven strategic partner focusing her coaching style and sourcing techniques in the areas of Corporate and Executive Recruitment, Talent Acquisition, Employee Development, Networking, and Diversity Initiatives. Erika has worked in the private and public sector throughout her professional career; including IBM, JP Morgan, Accenture, AstraZeneca, VWR International, CBI Group, and DuPont. Her expertise in employee development and training has expanded into career coaching for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, in job transition or endeavoring entrepreneurial ventures. For more than six years, Erika has been managing Talent Management Team Career Coaching and Leadership Development along with her business partner Terrence Dickenson. Among several awards, certifications and recognitions, Erika has been included in the 2010/2011 Global Directory of Who’s Who Among Professionals; was appointed in 2011 the Chair of President/CEO for the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR 2012 inception); and will release her first published book titled “I’m Not Divorced, He Is!” Outside of business, Erika enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. She has held the Office of President for the PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) for two terms and a PTF Representative for a total of 10 years at red Lion Christian Academy. Erika also serves in the Women’s Ministry for more than 9 years, coordinating 11 retreats and conferences for non-profit organizations. Erika received her BS Degree in Business Management at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Above all, Erika is a dedicated mother to her children, Tre and Mayah.