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HR Unboxed 2024 - HR Champions



Welcome to HR Unboxed: HR Champions, the premier virtual conference designed exclusively for Human Resources professionals seeking to elevate their expertise and make a significant impact in the world of HR. Whether you're a seasoned HR veteran or just starting your journey in this dynamic field, HR Unboxed is your gateway to unlocking the knowledge, tools, and strategies essential for success.

Why Attend HR Unboxed: HR Champions?

1. Elevate Your HR Game: HR Unboxed is your opportunity to gain deep insights and strategies from leading HR experts, thought leaders, and practitioners. Whether you're looking to enhance your recruiting, talent management, employee engagement, or compliance skills, our comprehensive program has you covered.

2. Innovative Programs: Dive into interactive workshops and hands-on sessions designed to provide practical solutions to HR challenges. Gain actionable takeaways and implementable strategies that can drive success in your organization.

3. Cutting-Edge Topics: Stay ahead of the curve with discussions on the latest HR trends, emerging technologies, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, remote work strategies, and much more.

4. Compliance and Legal Updates: Stay compliant with ever-evolving labor laws and regulations. Gain insights from legal experts and learn how to navigate complex compliance issues effectively.

5. Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Be inspired by world-renowned keynote speakers who will motivate you to take your HR career to new heights.

6. Vendor Showcase: Explore a vibrant vendor showcase featuring HR software solutions, tools, and services that can streamline your HR operations and enhance your effectiveness.

7. Certification Opportunities: Earn valuable HRCI and SHRM recertification credits and learn about HR Certification opportunities through select conference sessions and workshops.

At HR Unboxed: HR Champions, we believe that the future of organizations relies heavily on the effectiveness of HR professionals. Join us for an unforgettable conference filled with knowledge, networking, and inspiration, and become an HR Champion in your organization.

Unbox your potential, unlock your success, and chart your course to becoming a true HR Champion at HR Unboxed. Reserve your spot today!

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Summer Jelinek's Profile

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With over 20+ years of experience in Leadership, HR, and Corporate Learning and Development, Summer Jelinek is passionate about helping managers and leaders discover their unique strengths and translate these strengths to their organization’s benefit. Prior to starting her own Leadership Training business, Summer worked with companies such as Walt Disney World, Disney Institute, H-E-B/Central Market, ski resorts and even as a sous chef at a dude ranch. In fact, her first time training a large group was with the Disney Institute where she delivered “backstage” tours with Executives from multiple industries and locations. A magical time was had by all.

With her varied business background and authentic facilitation style, Summer is able to fit into corporate organizations with ease, and she is well accepted by leaders at all levels. 

Summer completed her MBA with a Leadership Certification at the #1-ranked master's program from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in WinterPark, Florida. She's also a proud graduate of the business management program of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Tommy Stephens's Profile

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Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985.  Upon graduation, Mr. Stephens began working for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm.  After earning his designation as a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Stephens worked for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta as an Internal Auditor.  After two years as an auditor, he was promoted to Staff Manager and then Operations Manager of the Internal Audit Group.  In 1991, he transferred to the Comptrollers’ department of BellSouth and served as Manager of the Cost Accounting organization.   While working full-time at BellSouth Corporation, Mr. Stephens also attended graduate school, earning a Masters of Science (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in 1992.

Mr. Stephens left BellSouth in 1994 and opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  In his practice, Mr. Stephens provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses.  Additionally, in 1995 he began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals.  In 2003, Mr. Stephens affiliated with K2 Enterprises and in 2007 he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications.  Over the past twenty-two years, Mr. Stephens has presented over 2,100 educational sessions to over 61,000 participants nationwide.

Presently, Mr. Stephens resides in Woodstock, Georgia where, in addition to his association with K2 Enterprises, he provides consulting services to small businesses and CPA firms.  In addition to an active professional career, Mr. Stephens enjoys an active personal life as well.  He and Michelle – his wife of thirty-one years – have two children.  His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, and running.  Additionally, Mr. Stephens maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Kim LaMontagne's Profile

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Kim LaMontagne, LLC

Kim is a Corporate Trainer on Mental Health in the Workplace, International Speaker, Author, and President of Kim LaMontagne, LLC. 

She is also the Wellbeing Director for HR Florida State Council, State Trainer & Teacher for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and a Certified Facilitator of Addiction Awareness Training (from ICARE).

Kim was a top performing professional who suffered, in silence, with depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse, and intense suicidal thoughts.  She feared judgment, retribution, job loss, and damaging her professional integrity, if she spoke openly and acknowledged that she needed help.  As a result, she remained silent and almost lost her life.  

A conversation with an observant leader was the turning point that changed, 
and saved, her life.

Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR's Profile

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Managing Partner

Inside Insights, Inc.

Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SPHR is managing partner of Inside Insights, Inc., where she provides training, speaking, consulting, and content creation services focused on building better workplaces. 

She holds two senior level HR certifications and is a Certified Practitioner for Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors. She specializes in management, leadership, communication, team development, and HR training and consulting. 

Mary regularly teaches virtual HR certification exam prep classes and creates content for a number of leading HR brands and exam prep providers. Mary holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and association meetings. 

Sherrie Dunlevy's Profile

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Former NBC News Anchor Sherrie Dunlevy served the Wheeling, WV area for nearly 30 years both on television and radio.

Today she is a best selling author, Inspirational speaker and host of the Graduating Grief podcast and host of the new TV show “For Mature Audiences”
Her Number one best selling book “How Can I Help?” was written to to help people know exactly what to say and do in an effort to support the people they love and care about  when they are hurting.

Sherrie has found a way to "graduate" from the pain of losing a child, and a high profile career and is now sharing with others, how they too can learn, grow, and expand their lives after tragedies, losses and disappointments.

As a self proclaimed Inspirationista, Sherrie's passion lies in inspiring and encouraging people to step beyond the pain of their past, so they can step fully into living with purpose, passion and JOY. 

Kelly Simants's Profile

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Nevada HR Team

Kelly has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field, with a true passion for people. Kelly is a certified SPHR, as well as a SHRM-SCP. Kelly's goal is to not only serve as an HR Business Partner to drive strategic direction and culture, but to lead and promote organizational change, manage the implementation and execution of HR initiatives, and to promote the role of HR as a key business partner.

Anthony P. Howard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP's Profile

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Anthony P. Howard is an HR Leader who works with HR professionals at all levels in finding the value and pathway to certification. He believes that you can increase your confidence, marketability, and value through the power of certification.

Anthony is an experienced strategic HR Business Partner with a 20+ year history of progressive success piloting large-scale, global initiatives driving organizational change and goals in diverse environments from highly regulated FDA medical devices & biotech industries to unionized manufacturing environments.

His most notable accomplishments include developing, implementing, executing, and ongoing administration of comprehensive and inclusive Global Talent Management Programs (Leadership Development, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Talent Review, Merit Planning), including technology (ADP WorkforceNow, SAP SuccessFactors). He has led global integration efforts, including due diligence and first-day activities. He successfully led a union avoidance effort for a large plant whose employees were targeted by a direct mail campaign. He also created and led an HR Shared Services organization.

He also has led positive culture shifts with his contributions to and through DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives. He co-led the formation of corporate-wide ERG (Employee Resource Group) initiatives and has been pegged to speak on the topic on webinars, panel discussions, and online courses.

Anthony has incorporated a passion for the learning and development of others into his entire career. He is the founder of HR Certified, LLC. He has held HR Certification since 2009 and currently holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. Additionally, he has earned the Leadership Development & Succession Strategist (LDSS) designation from Human Capital Institute (HCI).

Andy Sexton's Profile

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ProActive Response Group

Andy Sexton spent 12 years with the Greenville County Sheriff’s office in South Carolina, where he held the rank of Uniform Patrol Sergeant. During his time with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Andy gained vast experience in criminal investigation, including armed robbery and homicide.

Andy was a member of the SWAT team for six years and served as an assistant SWAT team leader. He was involved in numerous high-risk incidents, including hostage rescues as well as the protection of high-level dignitaries.

Andy served on the training committee for Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. This committee develops and implements training for Greenville County Deputies. Andy was also chosen to assist in the creation and implementation of the Greenville County Sheriff’s active shooter response curriculum.

In 2012, Andy was awarded the Medal of Valor. The Medal of Valor award recognizes a deputy who willingly risks his or her life in the furtherance of a law enforcement mission or to save the life of another.

Andy is a 2006 Honor Graduate of the Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a 2006 graduate for the South Carolina Criminal Justice academy where he was an Honor Graduate and received an award for outstanding physical fitness.

Tish Times's Profile

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Tish Times is a sales and networking expert, speaker, trainer, author and the founder of Tish Times Networking and Sales and Tish Times Corporate Training.  A corporate executive turned entrepreneur, Tish has grown her business exclusively through implementing the systems she teaches groups, companies, and professional organizations around the world.  The key to Tish Times' training lies in balancing inter-personal and intra-personal awareness with targeted strategy and proven systems. She teaches audiences to understand both their natural tendencies and others’ personalities to enhance communication in the workplace and with potential customers. Tish also shares systems to empower employees with the confidence to effectively communicate.  Whether you are looking to improve communication, develop brand evangelists,  improve camaraderie, empower your team, or build your presence online or offline, Tish Times can deliver the strategy, tools, and personable approach to revolutionize the success of your organization. 

Michael Towers's Profile

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Michael Towers is a highly sought out Empathy Expert, Counselor and Speaker. Michael empowers organizations to transform company culture and improve employee mental health. He is the go-to source for engagement and retention. Michael flexes his empathy muscles to help leaders reverse the empathy deficit in their workplace. He has presented to numerous State Councils and Chapters of SHRM. Michael earned degrees in Counseling and Psychology. Michael is married to a wonderful woman and has three German Shepherds. Which are great for mental health!

Daniel Porter, CFE's Profile

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Daniel Porter, CFE, has conducted and managed civil and criminal investigations for over 25 years as a licensed private investigator, a loss prevention manager, and as an investigator and investigations manager with the State of Tennessee.  He currently provides training and consulting services in the areas of fraud prevention-detection-investigation as well as ethics, productivity, and leadership.  Daniel is a Cum Laude graduate from Middle Tennessee State University's Criminal Justice Program and has been a Certified Fraud Examiner for over 20 years.  He has provided training at multiple conferences in the United States and Canada as well as for governmental agencies and professional organizations in various states.  He is a guest lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.  

LeAnne Lagasse, SHRM-SCP's Profile

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LeAnne Lagasse is an HR consultant and keynote speaker who helps leaders and organizations improve their employee engagement and listening strategies and develop their people managers. LeAnne is a SHRM-SCP, a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths© Coach, and also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Missouri State University where she teaches professional communication courses to MBA students. Prior to launching her consulting business, LeAnne was a faculty member and the Director of Public Speaking in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University where she served for 14 years. Alongside her husband Ben, she is a proud mom to three children and two pet prairie dogs.

Kellie Tinnin's Profile

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Kellie's background includes working in learning and development including instructional design, and organizational and human resource development. She has a passion for learning that is directly impacted by the needs of her clients. Her greatest asset is creating programs that address the customer's needs in ways that are measurable to the individual employee, groups of individuals, and organizations. She aims to be different and unique while making a measurable impact in an organization and strives to lead projects in a fresh and innovative manner. 

She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in organizational and human resource development from the University of New Mexico.

She's a reformed “desert dweller” growing up in Arizona and relocating to New Mexico in 2005. She calls Albuquerque home where her English Bulldogs, “Momo” and “Miyagi” call the shots. 

Steve Cadigan's Profile

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Chief Strategy Officer

Cadigan Talent Ventures

Steve Cadigan regularly speaks at conferences and major universities around the world and is regularly retained by Silicon Valley’s top VCs for his talent expertise. Steve is frequently asked to appear on TV and is a regular guest onBloomberg West and CNBC.

Prior to launching his own firm, Steve worked as an HR executive for over 25 years at a wide range of top-tier companies including ESPRIT, Allianz, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, and capped by serving as the first CHRO for LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012. The culture that he built during his time at LinkedIn is still recognized as the gold standard today.

Presently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors to three companies and sits on the Advisory Board of several others.

Darrell (Coach D) Andrews's Profile

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Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, “America’s Passion Coach,” is Darrell Andrews LLC and Associates president and chief passion officer, a Professional Development, Consulting, and Motivational Speaking Firm. He also heads Empowering Self-Care, a Wellness Motivation Training Firm. His organizational philosophy has been the same for nearly 22 years, “It is not what you can do that counts as a leader; it is what others can do as a result of your leadership that counts.” He and his team of consultants, coaches, and trainers provide innovative and customized training, coaching, and speaking solutions for DEI, self-care, post-pandemic leadership, and teamwork. He and his team have been contracted to provide professional development and consulting to Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, First Data, and Verizon, as well as many workforce development and government agencies, education institutions, and organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. He has been a keynote speaker at over 350 national and state conferences in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean! Coach D is a regular media guest and has appeared on many television talk shows, radio shows, podcasts, and in many newspapers. He is a significant thought leader because of his company’s engaging style of motivation, training, and change initiatives. Most importantly, he has been married for 29 years and is the proud father of 4 exceptional children.  Coach D is the author of several books, including the soon-to-be released "Empowering Self-Care In The Workplace" and "Post-Pandemic Leadership.

Chad Ayers's Profile

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ProActive Response Group

Chad Ayers served as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Greenville County in South Carolina for 12 years. During his time as a Deputy in Greenville County, Chad worked undercover in numerous federal and state investigations, performing in high-pressure environments.

Chad was a member of the SWAT team, where he served as an assistant team leader. He is experienced in hostage negotiations and rescue as well as active shooter events. Chad also assisted in the creation and implementation of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office active shooter response program.

During his tenure as a Deputy, Chad received numerous awards and commendations. In 2006, he was named Greenville County Sheriff Rookie of the Year. In 2008, Chad received a Distinguished Service Award, and in 2009, he was awarded two Letters of Commendation for undercover work. He was the recipient of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor in 2011 and 2012. On January 21, 2016, Chad received the 2015 Sam Simmons Award which is given to the top Deputy in Greenville County.

Chad is a 2006 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a 2006 graduate of South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy where he received the academy’s top award, the J.P. Strom Award, given to the graduate with the highest academic average.

Chad starred in season one of A&E TV’s Emmy-winning documentary LIVEPD.

Princy Belinda's Profile

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Product Marketer

Zoho Corporation

Princy works as a marketer for Zoho HR solutions. She loves to learn about tech and people and how they interact with each other. Over the last 5 years at Zoho, she's been ideating and running marketing campaigns along with creating engaging and thoughtful content for the HR industry.

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Designed For HR Professionals
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Complaint Resolution Policy Please contact Jessica Vieira with any complaints at, (617-519-6790).
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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Group Internet Based 

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Please contact the HREN help desk 1-877-602-9877 or if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer. 

SHRM Accreditation Information HR Education Network is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for PDCs. See the course registration page for more information on number of credits and credit types.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
HRCI Accreditation Information HR Education Network is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for credits towards aPHRTM, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRiTM and SPHRiTM recertification.  See the course registration page for more information on number of credits and credit types.  


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  • The content was needed for what we are currently going thru in the work place. Very valuable conversations.