2019 Conference

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes is the founder of the Detroit Homecoming, annual event initiated in 2014 designed to reach out to Detroit’s expatriates, reconnect them to the city of their youth and inspire them to take action supporting the work being done to revitalize this community. Previously, he enjoyed an eclectic career in a variety of fields: […]

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David Braun

David Braun serves as partner for Jobplex, Inc. a DHR International company based in the Detroit area. He has more than 25 years of experience in executive search, management consulting, corporate human resources, sales and market with global companies. An accomplished search consultant, David has completed numerous executive searches in multiple industries, including automotive, consumer

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Courtney Boone

As Vice President of Global Communications for Westinghouse Electric Company, Courtney develops and drives the company’s global communications strategy across all channels, product lines and regions to serve both internal and external audiences. She counsels C-Suite and senior management and serves as spokesperson for proactive outreach with media organizations, executive media engagement and crisis communications.

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Amelia Reigstad

Amelia Reigstad is a university faculty member, researcher and professional speaker with several years of industry experience. She has spoken on a global scale and has taught a variety of PR and communication courses in Canada, the U.S., Europe and the U.K. Reigstad currently teaches strategic communication in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass

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Mark Will

Mark’s involvement with Dale Carnegie began over fifteen years ago, and in 1998 he became a certified instructor of the Dale Carnegie Course®.   He has continued to add to his portfolio, receiving further instructor certifications in several more Dale Carnegie programs, such as: “Leadership Training for Managers,” “How to Sell Like a Pro,” and “Customized

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Richard Byrd

Richard Byrd specializes in company and cultural transformations and is currently VP, Cultural Transformation, at Sprinklr. He’s previously led Marketing as CMO for both Nortel Networks and Allscripts, and he has led every major corporate communications function at multiple high-tech companies including Qlik Technologies. He previously worked as an instructor of journalism and photography at

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Justin Seibert

Justin Seibert is the President of Direct Online Marketing, a top 200 Premier Google Partner. DOM has helped clients on every populated continent grow their businesses through digital advertising and marketing since 2006. Justin has three times been named a top 25 most influential expert in search for speaking at conferences throughout world. He has

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Stephanie Evergreen

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized data visualization and design expert. She has trained future data nerds worldwide through keynote presentations and workshops, for clients including Time, Adobe, Verizon, Head Start, American Institutes for Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institute, and the United Nations. She writes a popular blog on data presentation at StephanieEvergreen.com. Her trilogy

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Cathy Toner

Cathy is responsible for all communications and marketing for Villanova School of Business, including alumni and advisory council communications, media relations, advertising, sponsorships, marketing of all graduate and entrepreneurial programs including executive and online programs, and rankings communications. She was previously the Director of Communication and Marketing. During her tenure, the VSB BusinessWeek undergraduate ranking

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Bill Haley

Bill is founder and principal of Allied Pixel, a digital studio doing groundbreaking work in the area of Personalized Video. He is an award-winning producer/director whose credits include Personalized Videos, television commercials, documentaries and independent feature films. His TED Talk on Personalized Video can be seen at www.alliedpixel.com/2017/10/my-tedx-talk-personalized-video/.

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Bill Grotz

Bill is Director of Communications for General Motors Defense LLC. He began his GM career as a production group leader at Flint, MI Truck Assembly before becoming that facility’s plant communications manager. Grotz has held several positions with increasing responsibility at GM, including leadership roles in Corporate Internal Communications, North America Manufacturing and Labor Communications,

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Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards is chief of Community and Media Relations for the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. She is responsible for TACOM’s community and media relations programs. Previously, Edwards led TACOM’s community relations program designed to build awareness and partnerships for the U.S. Army in Michigan. Edwards began her communications career as an officer with

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Trisha Thompson

Trisha Thompson, Corporate Relations Senior Manager at Allstate, drives alignment to the company’s purpose and strategy, provides stakeholder insights, builds brand advocates and guards Allstate’s reputation. A self-proclaimed reformed accountant, Trisha has experience in communications management and executive support as well as broad business acumen. Through storytelling, she’s worked to advance data-driven decision making and

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Andrew Gilman

Andrew Gilman, President and CEO of CommCore Consulting Group, has been a communications strategist for more than thirty years. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and others have interviewed him on crisis-related issues.  Most recently, the New York Times profiled CommCore’s PressureTest™ Crisis Simulation. Andrew’s experience includes providing counsel to Johnson

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Kristin Hancock

A product of the year that brought you Footloose, Kristin keeps her fabulously shoed feet busy helping companies crack the culture code. With over 10 years of experience in corporate communications, she holds a unique perspective on work, life and how human connection improves both. Her passion has fuelled Kristin to create meaningful impact for

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Chuck Gose

I am a self-proclaimed Skyline Chili connoisseur and Duran Duran fan with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, corporate communications, and internal communications. My unrivaled passion and enthusiasm for the communications profession began early in my career at General Motors and Rolls-Royce, where I became fascinated by the positive impact internal communications can have

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Karolyn Karl

Karolyn Karl is a consultant in Willis Towers Watson’s Communication and Change Management practice. She has 11 years of experience developing and implementing change management strategies and benefit communications. Karolyn brings HRIS implementation communication experience and three years of experience partnering with Beaumont on retirement change. As lead project manager and writer for her clients,

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Rebecca Duff-Campbell

Rebecca Duff-Campbell is the Willis Towers Watson Market Leader for the Talent line of business in Michigan, Ohio and Pittsburgh. She provides consulting expertise in developing integrated human resources, talent management and change communications to create engaging and actionable employee experiences. Throughout her career, Rebecca has participated in business transformation initiatives including workforce changes, new

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Mark Schumann

Mark Schumann, IABC Fellow, ABC, is a 17-time Gold Quill winner and a past IABC Chair. Following a 26-year career as a managing principal at Towers Perrin, Mark went back to Columbia University to become a certified executive coach, became a full-time professor of communications in the MBA school at Baruch College in New York

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Tina Kozak

Tina Kozak is the president of Franco, an integrated communications agency in Detroit. As one of the region’s leading crisis communications strategists, Kozak has earned the trust and respect of many Michigan business leaders by working alongside them to help prevent and manage a wide variety of reputation-impacting issues. During her nearly two decades in

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