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Weekdays with Bernie 2023
Speakers & Topics

General Session Speakers

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr. | Keynote Speaker

Topic: Seize the Opportunity: Reimagining a Better Workplace in a Post-COVID-19 World

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional association. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, from frequent congressional testimony to his weekly USA Today column "Ask HR." 

 

Taylor’s book RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval was a 2021 hardcover business best seller. He has served on the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics.

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Arnie Malham | General Session Speaker

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees.

 

After two decades as a Verizon executive, Karin, and her husband, David, founded Let’s Grow Leaders, a training firm focused on human-centered leadership development for those determined to get breakthrough results without losing their humanity. Leaders, they found, were hungry for practical tools and leadership development that sticks.

 

Since 2013, Karin and David have helped grow over 10,000 leaders in 14 countries with their live leadership development programs, keynotes, blogs, videos, and books. They also provide clean water to the people of Cambodia through their Winning Wells philanthropic initiative.

 

Karin is an award-winning author of four books, including:

 

  • Courageous Cultures – How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates

  • Winning Well – A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul


She is the host of the popular LinkedIn show, Asking for a Friend. And she was recently named by Inc. Magazine as a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker.

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Colene Rogers | General Session Speaker

Topic: The Future of HR: Strategic Partnerships that Create Acquisition, Engagement and Retention Solutions

Colene Rogers is a speaker, executive coach, and talent management expert with over 20 years’ experience in HR and consulting. As a Senior Certified HR Professional specializing in talent acquisition and management, Rogers helps organizations recruit and manage top talent, increase engagement, improve communication, and limit turnover. Her book Retention: Key Mindsets that Retain Top Talent (2020) identifies turnover as “the issue” facing all organizations, since how well you retain employees influences every facet of your business.

 

Rogers graduated from the University of Central Florida with degrees in Organizational Communication and Public Speaking. She has worked for Walt Disney World Entertainment, for Hyatt Hotel Sales, and as an HR professional in the nonprofit, private, and state government sectors.

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Alex Tolbert | General Session Speaker

Topics: Opening Remarks and What's New with BerniePortal?

Alex Tolbert is the founder and CEO of BerniePortal. He began his career as a broker at BerniePortal’s sister company, Bernard Health, where he saw firsthand the challenges small- and mid-sized businesses face when it comes to benefits and HR.

 

During Alex’s presentations, he’ll share the latest and greatest updates for the BerniePortal platform, which is designed specifically to help small- and mid-sized businesses better manage those many daily benefits and HR challenges. From new product features to service-level enhancements and everything in between, attendees will leave a fresh perspective on how to make the most of BerniePortal in the coming year.

Alex received his B.S. and B.A. in Finance and International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his J.D. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Additional speakers coming soon.

Breakout Session Speakers

General Session Speakers

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr. | Keynote Speaker

Topic: The Great RESET for HR Professionals

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional association. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, from frequent congressional testimony to his weekly USA Today column "Ask HR." 

 

Taylor’s book RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval was a 2021 hardcover business best seller. He has served on the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics.

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Arnie Malham | General Session Speaker

Arnie Malham is the founder and CEO of BetterBookClub. Over his 20 years as CEO, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, he has founded and sold multiple businesses, including CJ Advertising, which produced more than $60M in annual revenue and ranked as one of Nashville’s Best Places to Work. Featured on CBS and in Forbes Magazine, Malham was awarded Most Admired CEO and was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. 

 

Today, Malham has spoken to more than 10,000 executives and entrepreneurs worldwide on topics of culture and employee engagement, teaching others how to create remarkable and sustainable cultures to help attract the best people and reward those seeking personal growth within their organization. 

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Colene Rogers | General Session Speaker

Topic: The Future of HR: Strategic Partnerships that Create Acquisition, Engagement and Retention Solutions

Colene Rogers is a speaker, executive coach, and talent management expert with over 20 years’ experience in HR and consulting. As a Senior Certified HR Professional specializing in talent acquisition and management, Rogers helps organizations recruit and manage top talent, increase engagement, improve communication, and limit turnover. Her book Retention: Key Mindsets that Retain Top Talent (2020) identifies turnover as “the issue” facing all organizations, since how well you retain employees influences every facet of your business.

 

Rogers graduated from the University of Central Florida with degrees in Organizational Communication and Public Speaking. She has worked for Walt Disney World Entertainment, for Hyatt Hotel Sales, and as an HR professional in the nonprofit, private, and state government sectors.

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Mick Rodgers | General Session Speaker

Topic: Beyond Reference Based Pricing, What's Coming to the Future of Employer Healthcare

Mick Rodgers is the founder and managing partner of Axial Benefits Group (ABG), an

employee benefits consulting firm that pioneered the formation and management of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions in 2009. ABG provides services ranging from corporate health insurance and corporate 401(k) plans to executive benefits and wealth management.


Rodgers was named Adviser of the Year 2017 by Employee Benefits Adviser Magazine and won the 2018 Leadership Award from the Association for Insurance Leadership. He co-authored Breaking Through the Status Quo: How Innovative Companies Are Changing the Benefits Game to Help Their Employees and Boost Their Bottom Line and is a nationally recognized speaker on employee benefits, healthcare purchasing coalitions, and fee-for-performance compensation models.

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Alex Tolbert | General Session Speaker

Topics: Opening Remarks and What's New with BerniePortal?

Alex Tolbert is the founder and CEO of BerniePortal. He began his career as a broker at BerniePortal’s sister company, Bernard Health, where he saw firsthand the challenges small- and mid-sized businesses face when it comes to benefits and HR.

 

During Alex’s presentations, he’ll share the latest and greatest updates for the BerniePortal platform, which is designed specifically to help small- and mid-sized businesses better manage those many daily benefits and HR challenges. From new product features to service-level enhancements and everything in between, attendees will leave with a fresh perspective on how to make the most of BerniePortal in the coming year.

Alex received his B.S. and B.A. in Finance and International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his J.D. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Breakout Session Speakers

Breakout speakers coming soon.