Laura Birk is the Vice President of Human Resources for Barilla America where she has been for over 12 years. Laura is responsible for all the talent management and people processes supporting the Americas business which includes Canada, U.S., Mexico and Brazil. She is a Board Member for the company, and has the pleasure to serve over 600 employees in the Americas. Nancy Ukpe Gargula
Nancy Ukpe Gargula currently serves as the Director, Diversity and Inclusion for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) where she leads work within and across IFT to advance the science of food and its application across the global food system by leveraging the value of a diverse and inclusive organization. In addition, Nancy serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sioux YMCA to ensure children and adults of the Cheyenne River Reservation have access and opportunity to reach their full potential.Jim Huberty
Jim Huberty is a founder of the Out & Equal Chicagoland Regional Affiliate and has served on the Leadership Council for 11 years. He is currently Chair Emeritus of the Affiliate. Jim has also served on the boards of Stop AIDS Chicago and was a founder of the Chicago AIDS Walk.Doug Harris
For almost 30 years, Doug Harris has impacted the American workplace with his work in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). In fact, his work extends back far enough that he was a part of the movements and conversations that birthed the industry that has grown from what was once called “Affirmative Action: Next Phase”. Combining compassion and a keen business sense, he has shepherded organizations, teams and executives forward as the diversity dialogue has evolved from compliance, to fostering inclusion and, ultimately, achieving exceptional business outcomes. Jon Hockman, CPF, FASAE
Motivated by organizations’ missions and driven by results, Jon Hockman brings more than two decades of consulting experience with over 100 associations in the U.S. and abroad to McKinley Advisors. His personal mission is to help leaders of organizations make the best decisions regarding their strategy, people and performance challenges.Bob Moore, CAE
Bob Moore, CAE, currently serves as the first chief operating officer of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, a 30,000 member association. Previously, Bob served as the first executive director for the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), an amalgamation of technology trade organizations representing more than 22,000 technology-related companies across North America. He has also served as vice president of knowledge & learning experiences for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), an 18,000-member association. Celeste Smith
Celeste Smith is the Director of Education at the American Association of Law Libraries. She leads the development of education strategy and implementation of all learning initiatives for legal information professionals. Responsible for cultivating education design and engagement activities, Celeste has over 15 years of training, instructional design, content development and delivery, serving corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. She is an established leader in organizational learning committed to delivering value across a broad spectrum. Candace Vanderpoel
As a Research Manager at McKinley Advisors, Candace Vanderpoel leads the design and implementation of research projects, including survey development, management, analysis and reporting. Candace’s specialization in diversity studies during her academic career ensures she can appeal to internal and external audiences when leading the design of research instruments for McKinley’s association clientele.