Panel Moderator Session 1:
Nicole has over 25 years of experience in the services and technology space, focused primarily on operations, marketing, and human resources. After an extensive career in corporate America which culminated with her role as the Senior Vice President of People, she decided to explore her own entrepreneurial spirit. She started her first consulting practice focused on Executive Coaching and Business Strategy.
Today, Nicole is the Chief Strategy Officer at PowerVision along with her business partner Peter "Gold" Ezugwu, CEO of PowerVision. Additionally, she is the acting Chief Strategy Officer for Publicity for Good, a purpose-driven PR Firm based in San Diego, CA. Above all, Nicole's passion lies in helping grow and build organizations processes and systems, and supporting clients around strategy, marketing and people.
Nicole is a frequently requested keynote and breakout session speaker across the country. Past engagements have included: Phoenix Techstars Startup Week, Michigan State SHRM, California Staffing Association, GET Phoenix, and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. She has her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University along with various certifications including: Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP), Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR), and the Certification for Internal Coaches from Babson College.
Panel HR Expert Session 1:
Glenn Williams brings more than 25 years of Fortune 50 corporate human resources experience to his consulting practice, MPROVE, LLC. He advises entrepreneurs and small companies how to build and improve foundational employment practices that support compliance, engagement, and accountability.
During his corporate career, Glenn helped hundreds of leaders reach successful outcomes in a variety of situations including employment policy violations, organizational climate concerns, and job performance deficiencies. In addition, he has facilitated numerous leadership training sessions on ethical workplace conduct, performance management and talent development.
Glenn completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Music Performance and obtained a Master of Science degree from Drake University in the field of Adult Learning, Performance and Development. He is also a certified coach through Coach Training Alliance, which is accredited through the International Coaching Federation. Glenn currently serves on the board of Fathers for Scholars and recently completed a board term with Tempe’s Chamber of Commerce.
Panel Legal Expert Session 1:
Coming from a family of small business owners, Emma has pursued her passion for defending businesses in various employment-related matters. Her clients can always rely on her to be dedicated, responsive, practical, and creative in helping them solve their legal problems.
From advising businesses on how to comply with state and federal labor and employment laws, to defending employers in litigation, Emma genuinely enjoys working with clients to find solutions. Emma believes that in order to mitigate damages and risks, a business must be advised and educated on the ever-changing landscape of employment and labor law. Most importantly, she helps businesses maximize their business goals while also making the best choices to increase the morale and satisfaction of their employees.
Emma spent her final year of law school clerking at the EEOC’s headquarters in Washington D.C.—this experience has given her a rich insight in how the EEOC approaches investigations and litigation. She also practices in general litigation and loves being in the courtroom. Emma has litigated various matters arising from employment discrimination and retaliation claims, unpaid overtime wage claims, business torts, and various real estate disputes.
Outside of work, Emma enjoys doing anything outdoors with her three-legged dog, Barkley. She is a lover of reading, particularly legal thrillers (shocker!) and non-fiction. She moved to Phoenix in August of 2016 and has enjoyed every minute of it.
EEOC Investigation and Litigation Defense, Discrimination and Retaliation Defense, Preventative Employment Counseling and Compliance, General Litigation
Panel Corporate Culture Expert Session 1:
Katee Van Horn is a human resource strategist, international keynote speaker, and executive coach focused on strengthening corporate cultures. She inspires leaders, employees and human resource teams by showing people how to build a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone succeeds.
Katee is the founder and CEO of Bar the Door Consulting & Coaching, where she provides practical solutions for teams to thrive through an inclusive environment.
Katee uses her 20+ years in HR and her innate ability to quickly assess the individual, organization and leadership development needs to create appropriate and operative solutions. She is a reputable leader known for building and sustaining trusting, collaborative relationships to achieve business goals.
Keynote Speaker Session 2
As president and co-founder, Heidi leads WebPT’s product vision, company culture, and branding efforts, while advocating for the physical therapy profession on a national scale. She co-founded WebPT after recognizing the need for a more sophisticated industry-specific EMR platform and has since guided the company through exponential growth, while garnering national recognition. Heidi brings with her more than 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and multi-clinic site director as well as a passion for healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
An active member of the sports and private practice sections of the APTA, Heidi advocates for independent rehab therapy businesses, speaks as a subject-matter expert at industry conferences and events, and participates in local and national technology, entrepreneurship, and women-in-leadership seminars. In 2014, Heidi was appointed to the PT-PAC Board of Trustees. She also serves as a mentor to physical therapy students and local entrepreneurs and leverages her platform to promote the importance of diversity, company culture, and overall business acumen for private practice rehab therapy professionals. In 2015, Heidi was named the AzPTA's Physical Therapist of the Year.
Heidi was a collegiate basketball player at the University of California, Davis, and remains a lifelong fan of the Aggies. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and exercise physiology, went on to earn her master’s degree in physical therapy at the Institute of Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, Florida, and obtained her doctorate of physical therapy through Evidence in Motion. When she’s not enjoying time with her daughter Ava, Heidi is perfecting her Spanish, practicing yoga, or hiking one of her favorite Phoenix trails.
2018 Guest Emcee Yetta Gibson is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and Atlanta native who has reported news and entertainment for nearly two decades. Most of her airtime has been spent right here in the Valley of the Sun.
She started on her career path in the '90s as a college intern and eventual radio news reporter for one of Atlanta’s hottest radio stations located inside the CNN Center in Atlanta. It was there that she landed a wonderful gig and was heard by millions of listeners on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Gibson's coast-to-coast career has given her the skill of versatility as a high-energy personality on CBS 5's Wake Up Arizona morning program. Her passion is telling great stories, getting out and about to meet and talk to people in the community, and making what she calls "that comfortable connection" with her viewers.
Gibson is a proud resident of the Valley with her husband and three daughters.