Our HRetreat is back and packed with two days of topics focused on leadership and personal development. Join us on May 13th and 14th, 2021 from 10 AM-2 PM CST. Day 1 is focused on workplace leadership topics and Day 2 is focused on personal development for HR executives.


Jessica Miller-Merrell will discuss the secrets to building rapport during digital times. As many of us are working online, Jessica will share techniques and tools that are essential for everyone to thrive in the new digital workplace. This session is perfect for everyone and can be passed on to managers, employees, and executive leadership. 

Jessica is an author, speaker, human resources professional, and workplace change agent focused on human resources and talent acquisition. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer. She's the founder of Workology and globally recognized in HR, talent acquisition, and consultants focused on process optimization. 


Dr. Jarik Conrad leads the Human Insights and HCM Advisory group at UKG, where he works to help organizations put their people first.  Immediately prior to joining UKG, he led The Conrad Consulting Group, where he served as an executive coach, keynote speaker, and management consultant. He has held human resources leadership roles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He has also been a research collaborator with the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Conrad earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, two master’s degrees from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of North Florida. He holds certifications in intercultural sensitivity, emotional intelligence, plant-based nutrition, personal training and weight management.

He is a sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, health & wellness, emotional intelligence (EI), and diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging (DEIB). He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Fragile Mind. His next book, In Search of Humanity, will be published later this year.


Ramona Shaw is a certified professional leadership coach and facilitator. Her mission is to develop confident, high-performing leaders and teams people love to work for. Through coaching and training she helps new and mid-level managers establish leadership behaviors, skills, and habits to reach new levels of productivity and impact in their roles.

After graduating with a Masters in Finance with cum laude distinction, Ramona entered the field of private equity and soon led key strategic projects and international teams in Switzerland and the United States for 10 years as a VP of Client Services at Partners Group, a renowned global private equity firm with over $94bn in assets under management.

She now specializes in designing and delivering coaching programs and workshops for new and mid-level leaders to strengthen their communication skills, expand their executive presence, increase their contribution to the organization, enhance productivity, and improve team engagement.

Because of her international background and global work experience, she has a unique understanding of cross-cultural challenges and demands. In addition, as a mother to three young children, she knows the additional challenges parents have in integrating both professional and personal priorities.


Kim Crowder, has been featured twice by Forbes, where she was named an "Anti-Racism Educator Your Company Needs Now" Named a Top 10 Trending Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Expert and Speaker by All American Entertainment Featured as an Influential African American Business Woman You Should Follow On LinkedIn.

Kim is an expert at communicating and connecting in powerful and engaging ways. Her deep knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (DEIA) is informed by years of executive-level DEIA practice and consulting in advocacy and implementation. Kim's compelling content and presentations are powered by more than a decade of work in marketing, journalism, and communications for Fortune 500 and other large corporations.

Kim’s keynote presentations channel her background as a trained powerhouse vocalist to educate, bring healing, lift spirits, and inspire. Her authenticity and ability to be vulnerable invites others to do the same. Kim has been invited to speak and be interviewed about her expertise by Hubspot, Linking Indy Women, Hive Indy, Indy Maven,, and the Public Library Association, among others. Read more.


Teresa Sande is passionate about equity in the workplace, healthy corporate cultures, and ensuring people are valued and rewarded for all of their contributions—those seen and unseen. Teresa holds her M.A. in Organizational Effectiveness and Communication and has over 20 years of corporate experience as an executive at companies such as Intel, Capital One, Cargill, and UnitedHealth Group.

In addition to being an accomplished HR executive, Teresa is a consultant, coach, author, and speaker who works with leaders from all walks of life to build the future they want and to realize their vision. Her debut book, Find Your Fierce: Interrupt Imposter Syndrome and Own Your Success, is available for order now! Read more.


Roycie Eppler, In a career that encompasses financial, engineering, retail, manufacturing, M&A and healthcare, Roycie Eppler utilizes her experience in strategic planning, human capital management, operations and leadership to help organizations develop high-performing work teams that create greater value, achieve improved results and deliver an exceptional customer experience. With a 360-degree leadership approach, Roycie partners with all levels of the organization- from C-Suite leaders to operations managers to shop floor/front line employees- to address critical business issues, capitalize on new market opportunities and provide measureable, sustainable solutions. Roycie’s track of success is based on her core guiding principles: engage and inspire people so they see the same vision, act as a unified team and are focused and driven toward achieving targeted goals and results.

Roycie currently serves as the Global SVP, Human Resources and at the end of 2020 moved to San Frisco, CA to lead acquired business as the General Manager, for Heraeus Medical Components, a global leader in specialized components and solutions for the world’s largest medical device companies. Prior to joining Heraeus, Roycie served in senior executive positions with global and nationally-recognized companies that included Macy’s/May Department Stores, Ameriprise Financial, Cargill, Inc. and MTS Systems.


HRetreat Is For Disruptive Workplace Leaders Who Are Looking to Transform Their Careers 

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Small group conversations & workshops with big impact


Connect with likeminded HR pros who are looking to drive change

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Learn from peers and growth-minded HR pros


Casual and learning while having fun!

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