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

Our 2019 Keynote Speakers

Sunday Afternoon: William Gulley

William is currently the Executive Director for Butler University’s Executive Education; the organizational learning and professional development arm at Butler University. He is responsible for the performance of Butler’s Executive Education as well as developing key relationships and alliances with industry leaders.  William also teaches New Product Development in Butler’s Lacy School of Business MBA program.

Prior to joining Butler, William held executive and other strategic leadership positions for over 25 years in engineering, finance and operations with companies such as Navistar, Ford Motor Company, Brightpoint (now Ingram Micro), as well as being the co-founder in a private equity backed start-up, leading operations and finance in a high-growth bio-hazardous waste start-up and the senior executive of a medical device company.  William has raised over $20 million investment capital in equity and debt to fuel the growth of companies as well as conducted the negotiations, due diligence and post-transaction integration efforts for acquisitions and divestitures across multiple industries.

William received his MBA in Finance from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University, his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an Executive Education Leadership Certificate from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Monday Opening Keynote: Allison Melangton

Allison Melangton joined Hulman Motorsports Corporation as Senior Vice President on November 1, 2014 and is responsible for overall production of major events and strategic planning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race. In 2016, she led the planning and execution of the 100th Running of the Indy 500 which was recognized as Sports Business Journal’s Sports Event of the Year.

Prior to joining Hulman Motor Sports, Melangton served on the Executive Leadership team of Indiana Sports Corp for twenty years, serving the last two years as President from September 1, 2012 until the October of 2014. Four of those years were serving as CEO and President of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008 through 2012.

Melangton is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor of arts in Sports Administration. Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Melangton directed national and international events for 11 years  for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. Melangton also worked at nine Olympic Games, the last six as an Associate Producer for the gymnastics broadcast by NBC Sports, the most recent the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. She has won five Emmy Awards for her work as a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team.

Allison has been married for 31 years to husband, Tom, and has one son, Cameron, who is 25.

Monday Everything Legal General Session: Ken Yerkes

For 35 years, Ken Yerkes, chairman of the Labor and Employment Department, has successfully fought for his clients’ business objectives at the bargaining table; in federal and state court matters; in arbitrations; and on the ground in facilities throughout the U.S., including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin and Wyoming. Ken’s ability to transform complex matters into workable strategies has earned him his clients’ trust and acclaim as a recognized leader in labor and employment law.

It is no surprise, then, that Ken is a Fellow in both The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America, and has received the highest rating in every edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Ken, who has been chair of the Labor and Employment Department since 2000, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment. Ken has been recognized on multiple occasions as one of Indiana’s Top 50 lawyers in Indiana Super Lawyers; has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for 20 years and was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers; and has been interviewed and quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal; Inside Counsel Magazine; Corporate Counsel Magazine; and Law360. Ken has also been named a Distinguished Barrister by The Indiana Lawyer.

Ken has been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous law partnering conferences as well as in-house law training programs including programs in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Toronto, which focused on managing litigation as a business and effective strategies to manage the cost of legal services.
Ken presented on the topic Reconnecting Cost with Value at the ACC Corporate Counsel University and previously participated in the ACC Value Challenge program, where he had the opportunity to interact with participants on best practices for collaborating with in-house counsel.
Ken has been selected as a BTI Client Service All-Star based on clients anonymously singling out attorneys who deliver superior client service via client focus, understanding the clients’ business and delivering results. At the end of the day, Ken seeks to offer clients what they value most: the highest caliber of legal representation in the context of a relationship based on trust and the ability to recognize and execute on business objectives.

Tuesday Keynote: Michael J Fox

Though he would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research. Fox announced his retirement from “Spin City” in January 2000, effective upon the completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Expressing pride in the show, its talented cast, writers, and creative team, he explained that new priorities made this the right time to step away from the demands of a weekly series. Later that year he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which the New York Times has called “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world.” Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Michael is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate.

Fox is the recipient of honorary degrees from The Karolinska Institute in Sweden, New York University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of British Columbia. He also has received numerous humanitarian awards for his work and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.

Fox has spoken and written extensively about his predisposition to look at challenges, including his Parkinson’s disease, through a lens of optimism and humor. His message has always been one of gratitude for the support he has received from his fellow Parkinson’s patients, and hope and encouragement for every decision to take action — no matter how big or small — to help advance the pursuit of a cure.

Tuesday General Session: Cy Wakeman

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Caterpillar, New York Presbyterian, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Nationwide learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on,, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, and many more. In 2018, she was voted both Top 100 Leadership Experts to follow on Twitter and #10 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace. For more information, please visit or follow Cy on social at @cywakeman.

Wednesday Closing Keynote: Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair is the Co-Founder and Leadership Director of UPSTREAM PRINCIPLES LLC, a leadership and employee strengths development firm. Over his career, Paul has served in various executive leadership positions and has consulted with leaders in virtually every industry throughout the United States for more than 25 years.

Paul speaks and trains on many different topics and is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and seminars throughout the country. Paul offers presentations on leadership, engagement, strategy, managing teams, developing key employees, human resources, and labor relations.

Paul is also a partner in the law firm ICE MILLER LLP. Indiana Business Magazine named Paul as the best lawyer in labor and employment law and the Corporate Counsel Guide to Labor and Employment Law named him as a “Top Lawyer.” Paul has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer list since 2008. Paul was also honored to be named the 2016-2017 “Lawyer of the Year” by the prominent publication Best Lawyers in America®.

As an attorney and holder of an advanced degree in Organizational Leadership, Paul draws on his unique experiences to help leaders and organizations turn adversity into actionable insight.

Paul recently published The Perspicacity Principle, the first book in the Upstream Leadership Series.