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September Chapter Meeting: WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

  • 09/27/2019
  • 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn Louisville East - Hurstbourne 1325 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222


  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Price does not include lunch
  • 8:15 am – 11:45 am
    Price does not include lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Price does not include lunch
  • 8:15 am – 11:45 am
    Price does not include lunch
  • Full-day

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Join your colleagues for a day of reflection on where we’ve been and a roadmap for where we’re going next! Full day of sessions for only $49 (members) / $59 (nonmembers). Morning or afternoon sessions only (without lunch) $20 (members) $25 (nonmembers). Students $20 for full day.


7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Attendee check in and sponsor table set up

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening remarks: Demetria Gilkey

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote - Marta Miranda-Straub: “Grace and Grit: Strengthening the Muscles of Courage, Accountability, and Compassion”

9:35 – 10:35 a.m.

Karen Milliner: “Body Language for Leaders”

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Danita Taylor: “Building Confidence for Career Success”

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Lisa Johnson: “Successful Assertiveness”
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.
Break with sponsors
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Vivian Blade: “What’s Your Next Career Move? How to Move FORWARD with Confidence”

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Jennifer Hoert: “Practicing Self Care to Avoid Burnout”

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Shelly Trent: “Negotiation Skills for Women”
11:50 - 2:00 p.m.

Sponsor Announcements and

Lunch Keynote - Cathy Fyock: “Becoming a Woman of Influence”

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Break with sponsors
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
“Connecting Women Past, Present, and Future: Career Pathways Panel”
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Break with sponsors – prize drawings
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote - Nikki Jackson, VP and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: “Creating a Supportive Workplace for Women and Women of Color” 

program Description

The conference has been approved for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.

Bring business cards for networking and sponsor prizes.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks/refreshments included with full-day registration.

(Morning only and afternoon only tickets do not include lunch)

Parking is free and open at The Olmstead.

SPEAKERS and sessions

Demetria Gilkey: Master of Ceremonies

Demetria Gilkey is a life coach, business consultant, and professional speaker. In her signature life-coaching program, “Blossom into You,” she can help you have more clarity, unlock your purpose, flourish in your life and career, improve your confidence, and more. As a business consultant, she works with corporations that want to improve their customer experience. She is also a frequent emcee and event facilitator.

Breakfast Keynote Session

Marta M. Miranda-Straub, MSW, LCSW: “Grace and Grit: Strengthening the Muscles of Courage, Accountability, and Compassion”

We navigate complex personal and work landmines that require us to apply a keen sense of awareness, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and fortitude. We are often challenged by defensiveness and resistance. Let’s explore together how to use refinement and wicked persistence to invite and honor the emotional blocks to creative problem solving with courage and resolve. Learn to identify personal and organizational strengths and challenges for engaging in courageous conversations, increase ability to advocate for self and others with grace and grit, engage in courageous conversations via creative problem solving, and practice the ability to hold self and others accountable.


Marta Miranda-Straub is an engaging, passionate, and impactful public speaker with over 40 years of experience in multiple roles in the academic, non-profit and for-profit arena. Marta has over 40 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice during which she has held multiple roles, such as, professor, social researcher, executive leader, psychotherapist, group worker, community organizer, advocate, activist, coach, trainer, facilitator and keynote speaker. She is the immediate past President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families. She is an established consultant, executive leader, community organizer, trainer, coach, published author, storyteller, and poet with a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Marta is a seasoned leader living and working in the intersection of gender, race, and sexualities. For Marta, the personal is political and she shares her personal and professional experiences with humor and authenticity.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Karen Milliner: “Body Language for Leaders” 

This program will introduce participants to the neurological science behind body language and communication. This fun, interactive course will debunk myths and clarify the why and what behind how we move, stand, and present ourselves to others. Body language interpretation will be a valuable tool to facilitate communication and strengthen leadership skills as learners move forward in both business and personal settings. Upon completion of the Body Language for Leaders course, learners will be able to interpret body language to clarify communication, empower participants to fortify existing or develop new leadership skills, and build and solidify team relationships.


Karen Milliner founded Professional Networking Services (PNS) in 2014, developing training programs for various networking issues her clients encountered. She helped them understand the What, Why, and How of effective communication using neurolinguistic information. Adding a body language component allowed clients to understand how to become more dynamic presenters and to identify how their audiences perceived their information. Karen rebranded PNS to Linguistical: The Art of Communication in 2018. Karen’s background includes finance, marketing, and education, and she holds a CC/CL designation from Toastmasters, International. Karen attended UofL and Sullivan majoring in Marketing and Sales Management.

Danita Taylor, SHRM-SCP, ACC: “Building Confidence for Career Success”

Learn four ways to that you could be sabotaging your self-confidence AND what to do about it; learn to reconnect with your confidence, courage, and leave inspired to take action; and become confident to handle difficult situations and achieve personal and professional goals.


As founding member of LeaderShift Coaching, Danita Taylor has over 15 years of experience as an executive and leadership coach, trainer, and speaker. In addition to graduating from the University of Louisville, Danita is an Associate Certified Coach, and is certified in DISC and emotional intelligence. Danita is also co-chair of LSHRM’s Career Advancement Program, and she teaches leadership classes for UofL’s Executive Education program. Danita’s passion is helping others build confidence to live their passion!

Lisa Johnson, SHRM-SCP: “Successful Assertion”

Have you ever failed to stand up for yourself in the moment and then beat yourself up over it because you didn’t speak your truth when it counted? Have you ever regretted something you said while in the grip of emotion because you later realize you came across more harshly, perhaps more uncaring than you intended? Yes, we have been there! But for some of us it is a more frequent occurrence and when that happens it can hinder a career. In this session we will learn about the qualities of successful assertiveness and we will address aspects that are specific to women in the workplace.


Lisa Johnson is the owner of HR Know-How LLC, an HR consultancy committed to providing cost-effective, appropriately designed training, coaching, and public speaking to organizations focused on improving management leadership skills and strengthening culture of compliance. Lisa’s prior experience includes various HR roles in organizations such as Unilever, Carrier, Toyota, and Johnson Controls. She is on the board of LSHRM and active in the National Speakers Association. She was recently published in Imagination@Work: Shifting Boundaries in The Modern WorkplaceVivian Blade: “What’s Your Next Move? How to Move FORWARD with Confidence”

Across the course of a career, professionals will find themselves at a crossroads a number of times. A variety of reasons drive job changes, which may be voluntary or involuntary, or because of promotion opportunities, or lack thereof. In these situations, indecision can leave a person feeling stuck…“What’s the right next step for me?“ When professionals find themselves at these points, decisions are often made based on emotion due to the situation rather than logic. Hasty, emotional decisions can result in the wrong career move. A poor career decision can put a professional behind in their career progression and income potential. HR professionals are also often called upon to assist employees in navigating these decisions. Join Vivian for an interactive program with practical strategies for guiding professionals in successfully moving FORWARD through career crossroads.


Vivian Blade, President & CEO of Experts in Growth Leadership Consulting, LLC, works with organizations to grow the high-performance capacity of an inclusive workforce and leadership pipeline. In her work as a talent and performance development expert, author, empowerment speaker, and executive coach, her passion in Building Leaders and Developing Excellence empowers companies to fuel incredible leadership, and professionals to fuel incredible careers. Vivian has over 20 years of experience working for Fortune 100 companies, GE, and Humana. She holds an MBA and teaches aspiring leaders at the UofL College of Business. She is a prolific writer whose articles (featured in professional, industry, and business publications) and published book have helped thousands of professionals succeed. She is the author of FuelForward®️: Discover Proven Practices to Fuel Your Career Forward and a contributor to two books published by the Association for Talent Development Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love and Work the Problem: How Experts Tackle Workplace Challenges.

Jennifer Hoert, Ph.D., PHR, SHRM-CP, CHC, CPXP: “Practicing Self Care to Avoid Burnout”

In the fast-paced and always-connected world of today, burnout is becoming more than just a concern that impacts employee morale, but also health and wellbeing. Attend this session for perspective on current state for employees, this includes you, and what you can do about it as a leader and for yourself. You will learn to define burnout and review its impact on performance and health, as well as the current state in the workplace and HR; define and discuss self-care, and engage in some self-care practice; evaluate your level of burnout and current self-care practice; and incorporate a self-care practice from the list provided to get you started.


Jennifer Hoert has more than 20 years of leadership experience and is currently the Manager of Patient Experience at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville, is certified as a Patient Experience Professional (CPXP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and has a certificate as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CAE: “Negotiation Skills for Women”

In this session, you will learn how to think strategically and to prepare a tactical plan for negotiating effective outcomes in a number of areas of your life, including your salary! You will learn the importance of researching the parties and objectives, to use persuasive communication, and to bargain for the desired outcome. This session will focus on the importance of the emotional and substantive preparation before negotiating, on anticipating and calibrating your interactions for an improved result, and how to handle deviations and various obstacles to reach a successful conclusion. You will also learn the principle of “win-win” negotiations.


Shelly Trent is an HR and career development professional who has spent her life guiding others toward lifelong learning, career growth, and personal enrichment. Her background includes human resources, college career services, corporate employee career development, association management, and business and industry training. Shelly obtained her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in HR. She completed her Ph.D. coursework at the University of Louisville in human resources development and career counseling. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business at Indiana University’s Southeast campus, where she teaches business students about career planning, business behaviors, salary negotiation, and job search.

Luncheon Keynote Session

Cathy Fyock, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSP: “Becoming a Woman of Influence”

There are many sources of power; for example, the power that comes from position or rank, and the power that is derived from the knowledge or skills you possess. But there is a third source that is perhaps the most powerful of all, and that comes from the power that is inherent in social ties, connections, and bonds of trust. In his book Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell said that this power is far more important than we would have imagined. "The people who know everyone in some oblique way may actually run the world. In a very down-to-earth, day-to-day way, they make the world work." Cathy Fyock shares insights from her career as a Connector, and discusses how each of us can boost our power and influence within our community. Participants will learn: The value of power and influence in our world today, and how to harness this power than comes from trust and relationships; the concepts of Social Capital Analysis and how influence can be measured and analyzed in organizations today; and how to raise your "Connector Quotient" and increase your influence.


Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist who works with thought leaders and professionals who want to increase their influence by writing books and articles to promote their businesses and careers. She is the author of nine books, including her most recent, The Speaker Author. Since beginning her business in 2014, she has helped more than 150 professionals become published authors. Before starting her business as a book coach, she was a human resources professional and served on numerous volunteer leadership roles with SHRM on local, state, and national fronts.

Connecting Women Past, Present, and Future: Career Pathways Panel

Our panel of HR professionals will answer questions about their careers, such as their biggest successes and challenges, any regrets in their career decisions, best advice they received, influence of mentors, value of certifications and graduate degrees, how they have supported women in their careers, and more.

Ingrid Adams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Senior VP-Wealth Advisor Recruitment Manager and an Investment Advisor Representative, for Hilliard Lyons, a Baird Company, where she has worked for over 20 years. Ingrid is a past president of LSHRM and appeared in national SHRM’s “The Solution is SHRM” ads several years ago. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and was formerly on the Board of Home of the Innocents.

Brigette Collins is currently serving as an HR Coordinator at a local safety company. In her previous roles, she has served in benefits, safety, and training. Brigette is a member of LSHRM and served as SHRM chapter president for three years at Indiana University Southeast. Brigette earned her SHRM certification in June of this year and will be finishing up her bachelor’s degree in 2020.

Anne Dawson, CEBS, is a Principal and Senior Client Manager in the Louisville office of Mercer. During her 20 years with Mercer, she has consulted on a variety of issues including compensation design, human capital strategies, health care and group benefits, and defined benefit/contribution plan strategies, as well as experience managing administration system implementations in complex environments. She has extensive project management experience that equips her with a perspective on how business solutions and HR issues need to be in sync with an organization’s overall strategy and operational goals. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellarmine University, and she is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.

Tammye Henderson, SHRM-CP, is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Brown-Forman, where she has worked for over 17 years in various HR roles. She holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in HR from Sullivan University. She has been recently assigned to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council with The Conference Board.

Lynn Ingmire, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the President/Owner of Essential HR Partners, LLC, and has over 30 years of HR experience in manufacturing, distribution, transportation, food processing, and education, in small and large companies, in both union and non-union environments. Before starting her own consulting business, she was VP of HR for the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives. Lynn is past president of LSHRM and past chair of KYSHRM and a contributing author to What's Next in Human Resources, with a chapter entitled "Dream Job -- or HR Nightmare."

Lisa Johnson, SHRM-SCP, is the owner of HR Know-How LLC, an HR consultancy committed to providing cost-effective, appropriately designed training, coaching, and public speaking to organizations focused on improving management leadership skills and strengthening culture of compliance. Lisa’s prior experience includes various HR roles in organizations such as Unilever, Carrier, Toyota, and Johnson Controls. She is on the board of LSHRM and active in the National Speakers Association. She was recently published in Imagination@Work: Shifting Boundaries in The Modern Workplace.

Mariela Rodriguez is an HR generalist with over five years of experience in Puerto Rico and the U.S. She holds a bachelor’s degree in HR management from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and is working toward her PHR certification. She is a member of LSHRM and recently started a new position as HR Staffing Coordinator with Malone Staffing Solutions. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a notary public in Kentucky.

Trasee Whitaker, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the Senior VP and CHRO for Masonic Communities Kentucky. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), and previously served as Chair of KYSHRM and President of LSHRM. Trasee was the Lyle Hanna Volunteer Spirit Award recipient for 2017 and recognized by Business First as one of the top 20 People to Know in Human Resources.

Closing Keynote Session

Nikki Jackson: “Creating a Supportive Workplace for Women and Women of Color”

There are few experiences in life less jarring than the sting of invisibility and irrelevance, especially in your work. Women, and certainly women of color, have, at some point in their careers, been forced to reckon with this reality and have done so gracefully at times and not so gracefully at others. It is important to understand and unearth the often subtle and nuanced ways that “unwelcomeness” manifests. Moreover, we are often ill-equipped to discuss what we are experiencing, by way of gender and racially based discomfort at work, and certainly unable to present it to our employers a grievance worthy of attention unless it amounts to an actionable claim of discrimination or harassment. These issues, sometimes pervasive, result in lost productivity and discretionary effort, diminished engagement and possibly a litany of health-related mishaps. Let’s discuss how this impacts the way that work works for many of us and how we can frame our realities with the work experience to our employers in bold and unapologetic ways and determine what real remedy might look like. Learn why might women and women of color NEED differentiation in “support” at work, what does that support look and feel like, why isn’t this just a part of a Diversity and Inclusion priority at work, and what this has to do with our economy.


Nikki Jackson was appointed regional executive of the Louisville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in October 2014. Jackson's experience includes serving as personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA, vice chancellor of human resources for Maricopa Community Colleges, and other positions in both the health care and legal fields. She earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and a BA in Journalism from Hampton University. Jackson is a member of SHRM, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Employment Law Council, and the International Women's Forum. In 2009, she was selected as one of the Business First of Louisville's "Forty Under Forty" winners. In that same year, she was included in the "10 Most Influential Women of Louisville."



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