HR Indiana 2018
HR Indiana 2018
HR Indiana 2018
Indiana SHRM
Conference Speakers

Speaker Submissions are Open!



Jenn Lim is the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life.

Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the $2B business it is today. She created the Zappos Culture Book, an embodiment of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability.




A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives.

Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker.”


Ken E. Nwadike Jr is a peace activist, inspirational speaker, and video journalist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as he made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Ken was featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the year’s most defining moments and he has made many appearances on news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.


For most of her nearly 30 years in corporate America, Melissa Greenwell has held a senior leadership role and had a “seat at the table” surrounded by almost exclusively men. She spent her career partnering with executive teams to create talent strategies that support business objectives in organization design, performance and rewards, succession planning, leadership development, and employee engagement. She’s seen firsthand how gender imbalance is causing company after company to lose money.


Steve Browne has devoted 30+ years of his career to human resources, currently as executive director of human resources for LaRosa’s Inc., a regional pizzeria restaurant chain in southwest Ohio with 14 locations and more than 1,100 team members.

Prior to LaRosa’s, Browne held various HR management positions in the manufacturing consumer products and professional services industries.

An active member of SHRM for more than 15 years, Browne has held several leadership roles, including serving on the Membership Advisory Council and as state council director and state conference director. He is very active in social media, authored the book “HR on Pupose !!” and has a nationally recognized blog—Everyday People—and he often ranks among the 100 most influential HR voices on social media.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens.


Back by popular demand is our workshop, Everything Legal, with Kenneth J. Yerkes. Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP. The landscape keeps changing, thanks to new laws, legislatures and activist courts and unions. You want legal advice? We have it!