October 5th - 6th, 2017

Dover Downs

Dover, Delaware



Attendees  Sponsors  Speakers  Agenda Session Descriptions 

Meet the 2017 Delaware SHRM State Conference Speakers

John K Bates, Executive Speaking Success, LLC

John Bates is in business to bring out what is awesome inside of you so it can live in the world and make a real difference.

His group training is world famous. Executives from organizations like Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, NASA, IBM, Boston Scientific and more recommend him to their colleagues as the best leadership communication trainer working today.

John’s training is based in human evolutionary biology and human neurophysiology so you learn not only what works, but WHY it works. That gives you principles you can apply to your own unique style which will allow you to achieve ever increasing success along with the ability to play and create in the areas of communication and leadership.

John has trained hundreds of TED / TEDx speakers all over the world. John also works with C level executives at top companies to make their communications “TED-Worthy.”

John is a co-author of “World Class Speaking in Action” an Amazon best seller.

In his previous positions John was an early stage employee and/or co-founder at influential Internet companies like Virtual Vegas, BigWords.com, MindArk and Goldstar.com. Whatever his official title was he was always known as the Chief Evangelist. He is passionate about people and loves making a difference for those who make a difference.


Bill Bowser,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

For 30 years, Bill has represented both private and public employers in labor negotiations, union campaigns, binding interest arbitration, and employment discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. Bill also regularly represents employers in administrative proceedings before the NLRB, the Delaware PERB, the EEOC, the Delaware Department of Labor, and other government agencies.

He also counsels employers on issues relating to employment agreements, restrictive covenants, trade secret agreements, employee discipline and termination, and the FMLA and ADA.

He assists employers on avoiding litigation by developing effective employee handbooks, policies, and procedures; and he provides training to in-house counsel, human resource professionals, supervisors, and employees.

Bill was selected byBest Lawyers in America© as the 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Management Labor Law. He is also listed as a top employment lawyer (Band 1) in the 2015 edition ofChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

As an editor of theDelaware Employment Law Letter, Bill has written dozens of articles on labor and employment law. Bill is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law in Delaware and across the country, including the annual meeting of the Delaware SHRM and the National Public Employment Relations Association (NPELRA).

Bill is General Counsel to the Delaware Public Employment Labor Relations Association and was the Governor appointed Chair of the Delaware Cancer Consortium from 2001-2015.

Michael Brenner, Ed.D.,Right Chord Leadership

As president of Right Chord Leadership, Michael helps leaders and teams at all levels strengthen the essential skills needed to achieve peak performance. He achieves this by drawing on the lessons he’s learned as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and educator for more than 16 years and as a professional musician for over 30 years. Michael’s unconventional workshops, coaching sessions, and consulting services help his clients work together more harmoniously, increasing employee engagement, reducing turnover, and improving customer service.

Michael has partnered with leading companies in a variety of industries, including Burlington Stores, QVC, SAP, Penn Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel College of Medicine, the City of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Chester County Hospital, Boeing, The Goddard School, Godiva, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has worked for several not-for-profit organizations as well, including Philadelphia FIGHT, United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, and Liberty Resources.

Michael has designed and taught courses in systems thinking, negotiation strategies, interpersonal relations, and organizational behavior at Immaculata University, La Salle University and Temple University.He was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference. Michael has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences around the world, including Sri Lanka and Australia.

Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.In addition to consulting and teaching, Michael currently performs in two Philadelphia-area bands. He lives in Broomall, Pa.

Lori A. Brewington, Esquire,Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

Lori Brewington represents a wide variety of corporate and business clients in labor and employment issues, as well as intellectual property and commercial disputes, in Delaware and Pennsylvania. A member of the Litigation Department and the Labor and Employment Group, her practice includes appearances before state and federal agencies and courts.

Lori provides employment advice on major corporate transactions and on general issues such as noncompete agreements and discipline/termination situations. She trains both managers and employees regarding compliance with employment laws. Lori devotes a large portion of her practice to assisting clients before the EEOC and the Delaware Department of Labor and in federal and state courts with regard to disputes involving hiring practices, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, family leave, disability leave, and wage and hour claims, as well as state and federal discrimination claims. Prior to her career in the legal profession, Lori worked in the area of human resources in the banking industry.

Born and raised in Delaware, Lori devotes significant time to providing legal advice to Delaware nonprofit agencies. She also serves as a guardianad litemin family court to neglected and abused children through the firm’s partnership with the Office of the Child Advocate.

Kevin Cameron, Connect Delaware/ Exclusive Search Connections   

Kevin Cameron has an impressive career in all facets of talent management. Kevin has successfully worked with private equities, non-for-profit, and publicly traded companies to consult, find and recommend executives for critical roles to meet the strategic goals of leading organizations. With experience spanning from private industry to leading executive search practices, Kevin has excelled by concentrating on retained placement across broad industries including: Manufacturing, Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology, Retail, Public Accounting, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology. Whether recruiting for newly created positions or confidential searches requiring the utmost discretion, Kevin is a trusted partner for senior leaders and executives. 


Kevin partnered with Todd Roselle, CFP, ChFC, of Blue Rock Financial Group to create Dynamic ConnectionsTM, an expert resource sponsored by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce for executives in the Delaware Valley faced with the career transition process. Those efforts, along with his 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and management, have provided him with a robust network of leaders nationally. He is a connector – highly skilled at making valuable introductions that lead to mutual opportunities.  


Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College, in Sparkill, New York and an MBA from Wilmington University, in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Anthony Carlozo,Trion Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Anthony comes to Trion with more than 20 years of sales experience in the healthcare consulting and technology industries. During his professional career, Anthony has built a solid reputation a significant book of business practicing with the following principles: Treating clients like family, building trust and collaborative relationships, ethics, morals, and transparency.

Specific to benefits consulting, Anthony has experience with strategies for containing costs, which include areas like: strategic planning, contribution modeling, alternative funding analysis, enrollment technology solutions, RX Coalitions, Healthcare Captive strategies, and voluntary benefits integration.

Anthony has a passion and his customers experience him going mile after mile, where he will not rest until his clients grasp the value of a new idea. Simply put, every company, every situation offers Anthony a chance to create something tailored and special that will fit the unique needs of their employees.

Prior to his time with Trion, Anthony was the Director of Sales at ATX Communications Services Inc., responsible for leading all new revenue efforts including management supervision of the company sales model. During his 15 year tenure there he spent half in direct sales and the other half in management, where much of his focus was on the development of others around him.

Anthony resides in Mullica Hill NJ and has three children: Montana, Bianca, and Nina. While kicking back in Mullica Hill, Anthony is an avid music fan and musician. Still to this day he plays the drums for various studio projects. In addition, Anthony comes from a storied athletic background, where his father was actually named the “Golden Ram” at West Chester University and laterwasdrafted by the New York Giants. His brother had a 4 year scholarship to Penn State and played under coach JoePaterno.


Warren Cook, SymbianceHR, LLC

Warren is a co-founder of SymbianceHR and leads all client consulting engagements. He is a human capital strategy management subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience as a strategic business partner, project manager, and people leader across private and public sectors organizations.

Warren is responsible for all client consulting engagements from initial needs assessment and compliance review through delivery of customized complex human capital strategy solutions that meet the client's business goals. He has a proven track record of providing executive coaching and guidance to business leaders and human resource professionals at all levels including the C-Suite of Fortune 100 companies.


Warren combines his human capital, project management, and business management experience with a philosophy of solving business challenges through the strategic implementation of policies, processes, and procedures to deliver sustainable solutions that demonstrate ROI, mitigate and manage risk, and empower organizational success.


Warren holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management, an MBA in Project Management, and a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is the author of "Applicant Interview Preparation - Practical Coaching for Today".


Cindy Davidson, Corexel

Cindy is Director of Business Solutions at Corexcel, assisting businesses in finding solutions that positively impact their culture and give them the tools they need to attract, hire and develop talent. Corexcel is a local Delaware company and one of the country’s leading e-learning partners and Wiley DiSC Partners.

Cindy has over 30 years experience developing people and systems to drive growth. Cindy is chair of the Foundation and Sponsorship Committee of DESHRM and also serves on the Board of SOAR of Delaware, a 501 (c) (3) organization serving survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

Cindy received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Millersville University and a Certificate in Finance from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She is certified in Integro Leadership’s “Trust Assessments”, accredited in Wiley’s “Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team©” and a certified facilitator for Everything DiSC, SPIN Selling and Customer Oriented Selling.


Margaret DiBianca,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Margaret (Molly) DiBianca maintains a legal practice consisting of equal parts litigation and client counseling. She represents employers in a variety of industries in employment rights claims, discrimination matters and equal employment disputes at the state and federal court level. She defends employers against claims brought by former and current employees and assists employers seeking to enforce restrictive covenants.

She assists clients with internal investigations, wage-and-hour reviews, and employment-practices audits. Molly also counsels employers in the facilitation of reasonable accommodations and strategies for compliance with federal leave laws.

Training is an integral component of Molly’s preventative-practices philosophy. As part of that philosophy, Molly presents customized training to managers and executives during on-site seminars and workshops. She is a frequent speaker and teaches best employment practices to human resource professionals, executives and in-house counsel.

When she is not speaking to a live audience, Molly carries her message to audiences across the country as Editor of and primary contributor to the Delaware Employment Law Blog. Molly is a monthly contributor to the Delaware Employment Law Letter, the only monthly newsletter exclusively for Delaware employers.Molly is consistently recognized for excellence by her peers, includingher recentABA JournalBlawg 100 nomination andDelawareSuper Lawyers® Rising Star Distinction.

Jack Gottleib,Total Solutions Group

Jack Gottlieb is the Founder & CEO of The Total Solutions Group, Inc. a strategic consulting, training and coaching firm committed to driving a sustainable increase to an organization's results, value proposition and culture. The core areas they are exceptional in are Culture/Organizational Transformation, Strategic Planning & Business Model, Communication (People & Process), Performance Management & Business Growth.

The transformation and impact they create for their clients is through their commitment not to do training but creating real results that people can take ownership of and replicate going forward. This includes driving over $75 million in ROI to their clients in profitability, performance and cost reduction. Also 2 of their clients- Genentech & Mountain America Credit Union were recently awarded the prestigious Learning Elite 2014 by Chief Learning Officer Magazine in having outstanding learning functions/practices.

To his clients, Jack brings 15 years of proven high level success along with the collective capability of his team and advisory board. Jack has also been one of the highest ranked speakers at various national and state wide SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers), Organizational Development & Training Conferences over the past 10 years. Prior to starting TSG, Inc. Jack was a strategic consultant with Dale Carnegie Training and also was a director for a sports marketing firm.

Jack also is actively involved with two universities. The first is Kutztown University where he is one of the key leaders of the College Of Business Advisory Board to support their efforts in further development and expansion. The second is with Rider University with their Center for the Development of Leadership Skills which was ranked #20 in the country by Leadership Excellence Magazine for outstanding leadership development at a University/College.


Scott Holt,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Scott helps companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 to start-ups meet the challenges of the modern workplace by developing practical solutions to meet their needs and to maintain compliance with federal and state laws. These laws include areas involving wrongful discharge, equal employment opportunity, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, executive compensation, wage and hour, privacy, disability, affirmative action, and the law involving collective action, strikes, unions, and collective bargaining.

Over the course of his career, Scott has been involved in hundreds of cases. His judicial and administrative experience includes trying cases in numerous federal and state venues and acting as lead trial counsel in dozens of adversarial proceedings, trials, major arbitrations, and administrative actions. Many of these cases have been precedent setting under Delaware and federal law. Scott also has extensive class and collective action experience and has successfully defended nationwide claims.

Jennifer C. Jauffret, Esquire,Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

Jennifer Jauffret is head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She represents a wide variety ofmanagement clients in labor and employment issues in Delaware and neighboring states, including appearances before state and federal agencies and courts. Jennifer has experience litigating breach of restrictive covenant cases (including nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation restrictions) in the Delaware Court of Chancery, defending WARN Act and other employee claims in bankruptcy court, and defending clients before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and in federal and state court with regard to Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA claims, as well as related state law claims. Jennifer is also a certified mediator with the Superior Court of Delaware.

An integral part of Jennifer’s practice is helping employers prevent and reduce exposure to lawsuits. She provides employment advice on major corporate transactions and on general employee issues, such as noncompetition agreements and discipline/termination situations, and drafts employment agreements, separation agreements, noncompetition agreements, and employee handbooks. Jennifer trains both managers and employees regarding compliance with evolving employment laws.

Devoting significant time to her community, Jennifer’s pro bono work includes providing legal advice to Delaware nonprofit agencies, assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining protection from abuse orders, leading the firm’s Office of Child Advocate (OCA) volunteers, and working with OCA as a guardian for abused or neglected children.

Carol A. Kivler, MS, CSP, CMT, Kivler Communications

Carol A. Kivler is a nationally recognized professional speaker (CSP), author of 4 books, international executive coach/consultant, corporate trainer (CMT), owner of Kivler Communications and founder of Courageous Recovery, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Carol has an M.S. in Human Resource Education. Carol is also a consumer in recovery, who has successfully overcome 4 major bouts of clinical depression.Carol believes that recovery from mental illness is not just possible, but isprobable. People living with mental illness can be fully productive, extremely accomplished members of society. Carol is clear proof of someone who is thriving, in spite of a serious mental illness diagnosis.

This program was created especially for human resource professionals. Now is the ideal time to address the issue of mental illness in the workplace. Mental health and medical health conditions need to be treated equally and we are hopefully at the tipping point, where this will be the case. Carol Kivler is the perfect speaker to discuss this, with the combination of her professional expertise and personal experiences. Carol is a gifted speaker, authentic and compelling.

Carol has presented this program at the state conferences of SHRM South Carolina (General Assembly), SHRM Virginia, SHRM Indiana, SHRM Minnesota, the Human Resources Management Association of Princeton, NJ, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, NJ, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Greater Baltimore and the DMEC of Chicago and Michigan.


Paul McMurray, Insight Management Consulting

For more than 20 years, Paul has worked with organizations to help them transform their cultures so employees can openly discuss delicate issues and hold one another accountable.

As a VitalSmarts Certified Master Trainer, Paul has an extensive background in training Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer, and in certifying trainers of these programs.Since 2004, Paul has focused his organization’s work on communications and leadership.He has had the opportunity to speak on and teach these concepts all over the world to all types of organizations from Dubai to Malaysia and Trinidad to Toronto.

Paul has 10 years of teaching in higher education, three years at Penn State University and seven years at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.He has a master’s degree in Economics, is an executive coach and is working on his Ph.D. in Business Psychology.

Michelle Morin,State of Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity

Michelle is the Executive Director of the State of Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity and a member of the Government Support Services Contracting Team. In her role she ensures access to economic opportunity for businesses owned 51% or more by minority, women, veterans, service disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and uniquely-sized small business entities.


Michelle sits in participant or advisory roles on numerous councils, boards, and commissions, including: the Delaware Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council; the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Economic Development Sub-Committee; the Delmarva Black Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Advisory Committee (MBAC); the Association of Builders and Contractors of Delaware’s (ABC Delaware) Diversity Committee; the Business Advisory Board of Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus, Delaware’s State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD), United Way of Delaware’s Muriel Gilman Women–in-Action mentoring program, and the YWCA’s Women Achieving A New Direction (WAND) program.

Her supplier diversity experience spans state procurement, certification, strategic planning, reporting, outreach, inclusion, and creation of policy and methodologies. Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for The National Association of State Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Directors (NASMWDD), where she is an Executive Officer as both the acting national President and holds the office of Secretary.


During her tenure Michelle and the office have been honored with the following awards: “Small Business Champion” by Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, FY2015; “Most Powerful and Influential Woman” by the National Diversity Council for PA, DE, and sNJ, FY2015; a “Shining Star” award by WBEC which is the local three-state chapter of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), FY2016; as Employee of the Quarter for the State of Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FY2016, and as the Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year by New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, FY2016.


Michelle continues to strive to create community, build relationships, and act as a B2B and G2B matchmaker by uniting resource partners and business owners to continue economic opportunity advancement at all levels.

Monica L Pampell, PentaFit LLC

Monica Pampell is the President of PentaFit, LLC, a company specializing in innovative wellness programs for companies and organizations of all sizes. Ms. Pampell founded PentaFit in 2011 to apply her years of experience in personal training and nutritional  in a scalable way, and to create more widespread positive change in the field of preventive care. Ms. Pampell has assisted national organizations such as the

U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Young President’s Organization in the development of dynamic and results-driven wellness programs.


Ms. Pampell began her education in Washington, DC at the George Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Biology and a Pre-Medical Focus. She followed her undergraduate education with a Masters of Science in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior, also from the George Washington University. She is a licensed Pre- and Post-Natal Trainer, a licensed Nutritionist, and a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified PT.

In addition to her knowledge in the wellness and fitness field, Ms. Pampell has a long-standing passion for sports and exercise. She competed on the Division I Swimming and Diving team in college, then shifted her attention to running and triathlons. She has recently clocked the third best female half marathon time and placed among the top 20 women in a marathon hosted in DC. She placed third in the Nations Triathlon, and won a sprint triathlon, during her season of training.


While her primary role is to serve as the President of PentaFit, she remains one of Washington, DC’s most sought after personal trainers, working with the best and brightest professionals in our nation’s capital on an individual basis. Her personal training clientele include well-known politicos, television and news personalities, famous chefs and, importantly, Republicans and Democrats. Ms. Pampell might not be able to keep you out of the Washington Post…but she will make you look good when you make the cover.

 Merrick Rosenberg, Take Flight Learning

Merrick Rosenberg is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader on personality styles. He co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and Take Flight Learning in 2012. Merrick is the author The Chameleon and coauthor of Taking Flight!. Merrick has led DISC training programs for more than 25,000 people and spoken to tens of thousands more on how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives.

The DISC training program that Merrick designed, Taking Flight with DISC was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine. Merrick specializes in team building and helping people utilize the DISC personality styles to build better relationships and create engaging work environments. As CEO of Take Flight Learning, he led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area.Under his leadership, his company was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine.

He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition to speaking at conferences and events for companies, Merrick has spoken to groups, such as: TEDx, Association for Talent Development, Society for Human Resource Management, Project Management Institute, International Society for Performance Improvement, Employer's Council, American Society for Quality, Vistage International, President's Club, Pharma Forum, and Young Associates. 

Jane Rosenzweig, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

The Gore culture is world-renowned for the very special work environment it creates and the stellar business results that stem from this environment. Jane joined Gore as their Global Diversity Champion 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 worked to help associates at W.L. Gore understand the dynamics of “difference”. In building an enterprise-wide strategy for Diversity, Jane focused on creating more individual and team capability for using differences productively.

As of 2017, Jane is leading a newly created team at Gore: the Associate Experience Center of Expertise. This work of this team will focus on continuing to create continued high Associate Engagement by ensuring that HR efforts contribute to the unique work environment Gore has been known for. 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 the diversity communication strategy. Jane has a BA, Justice and an MS, Organization Development, both from American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Wilmington with her husband Michael Schmitt and 19 year old daughter, Maya Roche.


Lauren Russell,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Lauren represents employers on a range of issues relating to compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws and constitutional provisions. She has experience in each of Delaware’s state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Lauren also regularly assists clients in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the EEOC, the Delaware Office of Anti-Discrimination, and the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Lauren has litigated a wide variety of employment-related matters to successful resolutions, including employment discrimination cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, non-competition cases, and constitutional law cases, among others.

In addition to litigation, Lauren counsels employers on a broad range of topics, including revision of handbooks and related policies to ensure compliance with state and federal employment and labor statutes. Lauren also conducts on-site training on legal compliance, including anti-harassment training.

Lauren serves as an editor of the
Delaware Employment Law Letter, the only monthly newsletter in Delaware written exclusively for Delaware employers. She speaks annually, on a variety of issues, at Young Conaway’s Annual Employment Law Seminar. Laurenis serving as the 2015-16 Chair oftheDelaware State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.

In addition to her work on behalf of employers, Lauren dedicates her time to pro bono matters in a variety of contexts. Lauren was the 2013 recipient of the William F. Taylor Pro Bono Award, for her service to the community.

Lauren is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, a member of the Women’s Law Caucus, and a recipient of the Law Faculty Scholarship. Lauren served as an intern to the Honorable Kent A. Jordan, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Michael Stafford,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Mike specializes in education law issues, including special education, student rights and discipline, school policies and procedures, and staff termination issues, for both private and public schools. In particular,he has represented school districts in special education disputes in both administrative due process hearings and federal and state courts. Similarly,Mike has handled numerous student rights' issues, including complex disputes over students' free speech rightsas well asdiscipline issues such as search and seizure and expulsion hearings and appeals. He also works with school administrators to develop or revise policies and procedures and provides school staff development and training on a wide variety of topics.

Mike also has extensive experience representing police departments in trial board hearings under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, as well as counseling departments on disciplinary policies and procedures.

On numerous occasions, Mike has also represented employers in a range of matters such as wrongful discharge and employment discrimination lawsuits, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA, and state employment statutes.

David Sandstead, Principal Financial Group®

David has more than 20 years of experience providing technical and sales support to financial advisors and retirement plan sponsors.He further assists financial advisors and plan sponsors by keeping them current on industry trends, major changes, and current topics, such as plan sponsor fiduciary responsibilities. David began his career with the Principal Financial Group in 1997. David received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from University of Iowa.


Matt Verdecchia, Health Advocate

Matthew Verdecchia, MS, CEAP is Senior Trainer/Organizational Development with Health Advocate's EAP+Work/Lifedivision.Matt works to assess needs of clients and prospects and deliver superior services and systems.He focuses on the development and delivery of training programs at all organizational levels, risk assessment and consultation, as well as mediation.


Matt has more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, including both clinical, consulting and administrative duties in various settings. Previously, Matt worked as Senior Clinical Manager and Account/Marketing Executive for several different hospitals' and facilities' Employee Assistance Programs.


Matt received his BS in Psychology from St. Francis College and his Masters of Science in Organizational Science/Human Resources from Villanova.

Wendy K.Voss,Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

Wendy Voss practices in the areas of labor and employment law and employee benefits,providing strategic advice to management and boards of directors regarding the full range of state and federal labor and employment laws,as well as health and welfare plan design and compliance. She has extensive experience in assisting clients with legal compliance, on-going or anticipated litigation,and litigation-avoidance. Her prominence in the labor and employment field has been recognized by Chambers USA -America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America®,and Martindale-Hubbel®, which awarded her its highest, AV Preeminent ™ rating. In 2015, she was named by Best Lawyers',a preeminent peer-review based referral guide to the legal profession in the United States, as the 2015 Wilmington, DE " Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year."


Recently, she was named as Best Lawyer's 2016 Wilmington,DE" Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year.  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in a community is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year".

Barry Willoughby,Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Barry is Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. He also serves as a member of the firm's Management Committee. His practice focuses on the representation of employers in claims of employment discrimination, retaliation, "whistleblower," and other "wrongful discharge" cases under federal and state law, including defense of charges of racial and sexual harassment. Barry also defends public employers in First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and other constitutional law allegations. He represents employers in union related conflicts, including representation in organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice proceedings, and grievance/arbitration hearings.


Beth Zoller,XpertHR

Beth Zoller is a Legal Editor at XpertHR where she covers a wide variety of topics related to discrimination and harassment, diversity, employee privacy, employee handbooks and workplace conduct.

Beth has been quoted in numerous publications such as the Huffington Post, Fast Company and Switch and Shift. She has also been a guest on Marketwatch Radio and Wall Street Journal Radio and has been a speaker at New York State SHRM's Go for the Gold Conference and HR Houston's Gulf Coast Symposium.

Beth holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Prior to joining XpertHR, Beth represented employers in a variety of employment-related matters involving discrimination and harassment claims, contract disputes, restrictive covenant and trade secret issues, and wage and hour disputes.