Joseph Sanders, CEO, SanTech Global Solutions
Joe Sanders is the CEO of SanTech Global Solutions an International Consulting firm. Their focus is primarily on providing Technology Infrastructure solutions and Executive Mentorship to IT Organizations. Before forming SanTech Joe was General Manager and Vice President at TW (Formally Time Warner) Telecom, Inc. where he managed a Sales and Operations organization for Memphis, TN and Little Rock, Arkansas. As the CIO of the City of Memphis, he strategically reviewed the City of Memphis’s business objects, implementing technology to address those objectives, tactically aligning the needed technology for all divisions within the City of Memphis. In addition he also implemented technology to support Real Time Crime Center for the Memphis Police Dept. which is now viewed as the “model” for all law enforcement agencies in the U.S. During his tenure of more than ten years at First Horizon, which is currently one of the largest bank holding companies in the U.S., he managed and directed a nationwide delivery organization involving infrastructure systems involving First Tennessee Bank, First Horizon Home Loans, First Horizon Merchant Services and First Tennessee Capital Markets. There he Incorporated an organization wide working knowledge of Banking, Mortgage and Capital Market’s business lines and developed a two-year infrastructure strategy, which supports corporate goals, maintain technical advantage and ensure controls meet federal financial regulations while ensuring that the information security posture of the organization is not compromised. At First Horizon Corp he was directly responsible for relocating their data center resulting in an annual reduction in operating budget of $6 million over three years, renegotiated nationwide voice/data services contract for annual savings of $6.5 million over three years, his global outsourcing efforts resulted in $20 million in savings over 5 years and in overall he managed a budget of $120 million. He began his career in the US Treasury and the US Department of Justice before becoming an Independent Consultant for Mobil Oil Corporation. Joe has been a keynote speaker to international conferences for Hewlett Packard, IBM, Oracle and in 2012 was a keynote speaker at the World Cyber Security Conference in Nigeria.
Andrea A. Agnew, Senior Director Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast Cable Communications
Andrea Agnew is responsible for developing strategies and building programs to enhance, leverage, and celebrate the diversity of Comcast’s most valuable assets – its employees. She works closely with senior leadership to integrate diversity and equity practices into institutional employment and workplace practices, as well as partner with the Comcast University to develop diversity training collateral and diversity presentations. She leads programming and content development for Comcast’s Enrichment Series; a monthly series broadcast enterprise-wide from Studio C to provide cultural learning opportunities, Lunch & Learns, panel discussions, and virtually broadcasted. She manages the national internal selection process for leadership development programs for leaders of color and women to include; the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP); Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program; and the Urban Leaders Forum (ULF) offered by the Urban League of Philadelphia. She also manages Comcast’s national partnerships with the National Association of Asian American Professionals, National Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Society of Women in Engineering, National Society of Black Engineers and the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management. Prior to joining Comcast, as the Corporate Diversity Recruiting Manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, she led the implementation of firm-wide diversity recruiting standards as a component of the Firms’ Board Diversity Initiative (BDI). She also served as a recruiting manager for two of the Big 4 accounting firms, leading recruiting initiatives with PricewaterhouseCoopers, National SAP Practice, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Mid-Atlantic Region for the Solutions Technology Practice. She was honored as the Woman of Distinction in 2005 by Booz Allen Hamilton’s Women of Greater Washington D.C. Metro Area; recognized by her peers for Diversity Best Practices in Leadership at Comcast for Diversity Best Practices in Leadership in 2006, 2007, and 2008; recognized as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable by CableFax Magazine in 2008; received the 2009 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award by the National Urban League; was honored by the Women’s Resource Center as the 2010 Community Volunteer of the Year recipient; that year she was also named a Women on the Move by the Philadelphia Tribune; and honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal for the Woman of Distinction Award in 2011. She is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and the Urban League’s Urban Leaders Forum. She and her husband resides with her younger daughter, Caitlin, a Girl Scout Caddette, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and has an adult daughter, Alicia, a graduate of Penn State.
Dr. Patricia M. Buhler, SPHR, Goldey Beacom College
Pat Buhler is a professor of management at Goldey-Beacom College and is a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). Pat teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs specializing in management, human resource management, and strategy. She has received the institution’s Excellence in Teaching Award twice, was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers twice, and earned the institution’s Service Award in 2004. In addition, Pat was the 2005 recipient of the Ron Shane Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Resources. In 2011 she served as the Director of the Delaware State Council for SHRM. Prior to that, she served as Director of College Relations for four years. Pat is also author of over 125 articles and has published five books: Teach Yourself Management Skills in 24 Hours, Human Resources Management: All the Information You Need to Manage Your Staff and Meet Your Business Objectives, co-author of The Employee Satisfaction Revolution, Perfecting the Art of Management, and co-author with Dr. Joel Worden of Up, Down, and Sideways: High Impact Verbal Communication for HR Professionals.
Alexander Evans, Founder of 4Mankind LLC
Alexander is a professional motivational speaker, who combines more than 15 years of management and leadership experience with a dynamic “tell-it-like-it-is” approach. Drawing from skills as a master storyteller and comedian, an Alexander Evans presentation engages participants with insightful and dramatic illustrations and humor, using the power of memorable stories to touch the hearts and minds of his audiences. In addition to founding 4Mankind in 2002, Alexander is an accomplished poet and artist. A business communication organization, 4Mankind specializes in human development through motivational speaking and inspiration products. Alexander’s goal in speaking to each group is to integrate four elements: to educate the mind, to empower your emotions, to inspire your soul, and to transform your life. Among organizational challenges that Alex Evans deals with are change management, conflict management and negotiation, time and stress management, dealing with difficult people, team and leadership development, interpersonal communication, motivating sales people, and providing sales coaching or mentoring. Alex’s vision for BTG/BTS is to create social networking through, radio, internet, TV, & seminars. Thus, Alex is creating and producing his own TV show that will speak to various audiences to teach and coach relationship communication strategies from life experiences and techniques that people will be able to apply practical solutions to help transform their relationships and deliver sustainable results. Prior to devoting himself to his present work, Alexander Evans served as Strategic Account Manager for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and MCI, Director of Business Development for The Logic Group, and Business Development Manager at MW2 Consulting, VP of Sales with First Quarter, and First VP of Finance/CTO for National Sales Network. Today Mr. Evans sits on the Philadelphia Young Life Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Family Coalition Board Member and facilitates for the Urban Family Council.
Vicki Cotter, MS, SPHR, CPCC, ACC
Vicki is a global leader who has coached, trained, facilitated and developed leaders, leadership teams and individuals at all levels in organizations large and small, public and private, and in the US, Europe and Asia. Vicki is known for her fierce courage and ability to speak the truth. Vicki is a strategic thinker with expertise in Human Systems and Change Management. Vicki spent 15 years at W.L. Gore & Associates, a global technology company, in senior Human Resources/Organizational Development Leadership roles. Vicki understands manufacturing, technology, and operations in a technical environment. Vicki also spent time in banking, healthcare and consumer electronics before launching Keep it Simple, a small company specializing in executive coaching, leadership and team development, change management, culture enrichment, and creating engagement. In her partnerships with leaders and teams both business results and employee engagement were improved. Vicki has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management, and holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Vicki is a certified coach with credentials from the International Coaching Federation and The Coaches Training Institute. She is also trained in the neuroscience of coaching and leadership. Vicki is happily married to Mark. They have four kids and two cats. And, her favorite place in the world is anywhere there is a beach.
Elizabeth A. Morrison, Global Director Diversity & Inclusion, Campbell Soup Company
Elizabeth A. Morrison is a highly-motivated, naturally energetic communications and inclusion professional with more than 15 years of success in engaging internal and external audiences to deliver business results. She leverages strategic communications, change management expertise and the ability to identify and ignite synergies to create dynamically diverse and inclusive environments, drive innovation, performance and strengthen engagement. Currently, Elizabeth is the Global Director Diversity & Inclusion at Campbell Soup Company. In this role, she drives workforce diversity and cultural transformation. Her strategy is focused on driving business value through strategic collaborations with executives, leaders and key stakeholders, building D&I competencies on all levels, leveraging workforce and inclusion analytics to drive strategy, leading Campbell’s Business Resource Affinity Groups and partnerships with national and local multicultural organizations. Previous to Campbell, Elizabeth was the Global Director of Internal Communications for Mars Drinks. Prior to Mars, Elizabeth spent eight years in progressive positions at Comcast in a variety of groups including, Comcast Business Services, the Comcast Programming Group, Comcast Enterprise Technology, Public Affairs and the Eastern Division. Before Comcast, she held leadership positions at the American Red Cross and WBEB FM Radio in Philadelphia. Personally passionate about mentoring and diversity and inclusion in the workplace, she has a host of mentees and for the past 8 years (combined) has served on the Executive Board of the NAAAHR Philadelphia, current role EVP and as Communications Director for the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAMIC. Elizabeth earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media and her Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Communications Sciences and Marketing from Temple University.
Dr. Ronald Whitaker II, Ed.D, M.S.Ed, MBA, PhD, VP of College Relations
Ron is an Ivy League educated academician, business strategist, and committed educator. Ron 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. Ron 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. 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, he is committed to providing premier leadership in an educational milieu.
Joyce Dungee Proctor, Professional Speaker, Certified Career Coach, Published Author and Consultant
Joyce Dungee Proctor has inspired people around the world to Take the Limits off by assisting them in elevating their personal and professional lives to new heights. Joyce is a much sought after professional keynote speaker and published author of, Take the Limits Off: Nine Ways to Stop Talking and Start Doing. Currently, Joyce is the president of Seminars by Joyce – The Total You, Inc., a full service empowerment firm that specializes in a blend of speaking and executive coaching services that draw upon her breadth of expertise developed during her 25 years’ experience in leadership, management, sales, and human resources roles. During Joyce’s tenure at several Fortune 500 companies, she inspired and coached managers and team members in a variety of industries. Joyce became known as the “Career Transformation Coach” and was called upon to do just that. She has found her passion and purpose in supporting, inspiring, and coaching people to succeed by offering services that are customized to meet the unique needs of each client and audience.
Terri Hartwell Easter, Managment Consultant, Strategic HR Expert, Executive Coach
As the former Chief Operating Officer of a top 100 national AmLaw legal practice and highly regarded organizational change strategist for leading professional services firms, commercial banks and the White House alike, Terri’s trademark is bringing new approaches and innovative thinking to some of the toughest human resource management challenges and most aggressive revenue enhancement goals. Understanding that at the heart of every organization is its people, Terri’s pragmatic, informed approach leads to lasting positive outcomes both for individuals and for an entire organization’s culture. Terri works with clients to frame day-to-day business through a lens of inclusion to attract and retain a more diverse workforce, and create pathways to business growth. With management and operational expertise across the United States and in countries around the world including Belgium, Egypt, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, she knows how to work authentically with a company’s culture to create an environment where everyone can thrive. Leveraging expert coaching, organizational assessment, business process re-engineering, and professional development skills, Terri’s adept navigation of some of the most highly regulated, competitive environments is widely regarded in the industry. She has worked with a full range of talent — from both rising leaders to the most seasoned executives — to inspire more effective, inclusive management practices, helping them embrace change, reinvigorate, and manage more nimbly and effectively.
Caroline Coulet Dugard, Director of Human Resources, Salem Community College
Ms. Coulet du Gard is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and acts as the Affirmative Action Officer and Compliance Officer for the institution. In addition to her role as the Human Resources Director she is also an adjunct professor teaching in subjects related to Psychology and Business. She has worked in several executive roles during the course of her career and has served on multiple boards such as SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), DCRN (Delaware Conflict Resolution Network), FSSF (Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation) , and WIN ( Women in Networking) . Caroline’s greatest strengths are her leadership, coaching, organizational management, strategic thinking, and drive. She thrives on challenges, particularly ones that positively impact the organization as a whole. She earned two Masters of Business Administration degrees, one in Human Resource Management and the other in International Marketing along with a Masters in Management as well as a Certificate of Teaching specifically geared to Higher Education which pertains to both face to face instruction as well as the online classroom environment.
Donna May Scott, HR Manager, Terumo
Donna received her B.A. in degree in Communications Arts from Cheyney University, and her M.S. degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University. Receiving her Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification from SHRM, she is a professional with over 19 years of experience in Human Resources specializing in Associate Relations and topics ranging from recruitment to disability management to succession planning and performance management. Her career has grown successively beginning at Christiana Care Health Systems VNA moving on to Blue Cross Blue Shield of DE, now Highmark BCBS to her current position at Terumo Medical Corporation. She enjoys coaching and counseling associates, especially in career development which ultimately helps the organization with succession planning. In 2011, Donna accepted the position of Senior Human Resources Manager at Terumo’s Manufacturing facility where in her current role, she manages the HR team and functions in the Elkton, MD Plant. Donna is responsible for ensuring all aspects of HR are carried out effectively, efficiently, fair and consistent. Personally, Donna is a two-time survivor of Breast and Salivary gland cancers. As a result of her experiences she is committed to the cause of Cancer research. Participating in countless events related to helping to fund research and ultimately find a cure. Donna is committed to walking and volunteering in five (5) Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day’s. She also volunteers in various functions assisting and providing help and counseling to those who are recently diagnosed or undergoing treatment for cancer. Donna was a recipient of the YMCA Black Achievers Award in 2010.
LeMar Dixon, Commercial Credit Analyst, WSFS Bank
LeMar has over 14 years of experience in credit card and commercial banking. As an analyst he underwrites loans for the affluent, doctors, dentists, attorneys and real estate investors. Mr. Dixon was also a contractor/intern for the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO). In this role, he reviewed business plans and mentored entrepreneurs of all ages, organized the business plan competitions hosted by DEDO and assisted with other programs ran by the Entrepreneurial and Small Business Unit. Mr. Dixon is also a Walnut Street YMCA Black Achiever, a mentoring program that exposes middle school and high school students to different career paths and prepares them for college. He was elected President of the Class of 2012 Adult Achievers. Mr. Dixon earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a concentration in Finance and Banking and a minor in Economics from Delaware State University and a MBA from Wilmington University.
Brian Paris, W.L. Gore & Associates
Originally from New York City, Brian graduated with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Clarkson University in 2005. He has worked for several large and popular corporations like Proctor and Gamble, GE, DuPont, and currently W. L. Gore & Associates. Brian has always involved himself in community development and support. Every summer for the past 5 years he teaches and tutors Black and Hispanic Junior High School students in math during the weekends to promote careers in technology. He’s also participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, held an active leadership role in SHPE, and is currently VP of Public Relations for a Philadelphia area Toastmasters Chapter. Brian entered to job market during an economic recession that limited the number of new graduates companies were willing to hire. As such he has often found himself working with professional peers that are not part of his generation and, in turn, often finds himself navigating complex relational challenges.
Denzel McColley, Student at Goldey Beacom College
Denzel was born in Camden, NJ. He attended Goldey Beacom College where he received his Bachelors in Accounting and MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Mr. McColley has worked for WSFS Bank and J.P Morgan. He currently works in Philadelphia in the accounting department of a start-up company called Instamed.
Sheatiel Harris, Student at Goldey Beacom College
Sheatiel is an accountant at Sandy Cove Ministries, a non-profit conference center in North East, MD. She has worked for this company for 7 years. Ms. Harris attends Goldey-Beacom College where she received her Bachelors in Accounting and is currently working on a MBA. Sheatiel has received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award and the institution’s Excellence in Accounting Award. She is also a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.