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

2018 Speakers


Elissa O’Brien, MBA, MS, SHRM-SCP, has over 20 years of proven human resource successes with significant strategic human resource leadership experience among diverse industries. A strategist, problem-solver and proactive business leader, she has comprehensive executive human resource management experience with one of the largest for-profit health care systems and one of the largest real estate management and development organizations. O’Brien led HR strategies at companies with as many as 25,000 employees, including global HR experience. She has been a member of both senior leadership and executive leadership teams since 1995. An influential change agent with extensive organizational development expertise, she consistently designed structures that support performance-driven organizations using human capital strategies.


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.


Paul Sinclair is a partner at Ice Miller. Paul works with clients throughout the U.S. on all human resources issues. Paul is a presenter at seminars throughout the country. Paul received his Bachelor’s degree from BYU, where he also played football. He obtained his law degree from SIU, where he graduated summa cum laude. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Paul is multi-year honoree of Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America lists. Paul was honored to be named as the Best Lawyers in America 2016-2017 “Lawyer of the Year”.





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!




John and Bert Jacobs

John and Bert Jacobs are co-founders of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. John and Bert launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand. Early on, the brothers were inspired by stories from people, many of them children, facing great adversity. These stories illustrated that optimism is most powerful in the darkest of times and fueled the creation of a fully integrated business model dedicated to helping kids in need. Life is Good donates at least 10% of its annual net profits to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to positively impact over 1 million kids every year facing poverty, violence, and illness. To inspire others to choose optimism and grow the good in their lives, John and Bert wrote Life is Good: The Book/ How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride.

Barb Sanfilippo

Barbara Sanfilippo, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning, enthusiastic and popular motivational speaker, consultant and author. High Definition People®, inspires leaders and businesses to act on their highest aspirations, enrich employee and customer relationships and create a desirable and valuable workplace.

Barb is best known for delivering idea-packed and interactive leadership and employee engagement programs that move audience members to take action. She has achieved the Speaker Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor in the speaking industry and received high marks for her mega sessions at SHRM Annual Conventions, the SHRM Strategy Conference and many Fortune 500 meetings.

Barbara is currently writing a business parable to build employee awareness of the need to increase personal connection and relational abilities and equip leaders with a working tool to implement the concepts.




The agenda may be subject to changes.