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Libby Anderson

Libby Anderson

Libby Anderson M.S., SPHR is President of TalentForce Solutions. With over 28 years of Human Resource experience, she provides consulting services and customized training that not only enhance employee relations and productivity, but also address the wide variety of HR challenges facing today’s working environment. Libby offers exceptional support in employee relations, organizational and leadership development, performance motivation and management, HR efficiency, and recruiting.

Libby has worked with companies ranging from hi-tech manufacturing, healthcare, and specialty retail to hospitality, public sector, and non-profit entities. Highlights of her career include working with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in obtaining the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as providing HR training on an international level for the United Nations. Libby also earned the “Best of the Best” Award as Personnel Manager at Jacobson’s Stores, Inc.

Libby writes for numerous business publications and is a featured speaker at programs focusing on Human Resource issues. She is Past President of the HR Florida State Council, the state affiliate of The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has previously represented the Southeast Region on the SHRM Membership Advisory Committee and served on the SHRM Organizational Development Special Expertise Panel from 2007-2011.

Libby is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University, where she currently works as an Adjunct Professor.

Peter Bergerson, Ph.D.

Peter Bergerson, Ph.D.

Dr. Bergerson received his MPA degree from Indiana State University and his PhD in Political Science from Saint Louis University. He was selected as a James J. Malone Fellow, National Council on U.S./Arab relations, for study and travel in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and also received the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study the “Diffusion of Public Policy Among the American States.” Dr. Bergerson taught at Southwest Missouri State University for 34 years and held the position of Chairperson and Director of the Public Administration program. His areas of interest and research include the Second Amendment, Ethics, War Powers Act and Congressional Elections.

Allison Blankenship

Allison Blankenship

Allison Blankenship has more than two decades of hands-on experience in management, marketing, and communications. Allison was named as an Outstanding Woman of America, was a regional director with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and president of the Florida Speakers Association. Allison teaches you how to apply successful strategies and hands-on principles to make your organization less stressful and more profitable. Her many years of working with world renowned companies like Wal-Mart, Textron Financial and Bank One give her the experience to show you how to structure your organization to achieve immediate results.

www.allisonspeaks.com

Amanda Evans, Ph.D.

Amanda Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Evans holds a Bachelor of Sociology, a Master of Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. She has 32 years of experience in health, mental health and management. As a medical social worker for the first 18 years of her career, Dr. Evans practiced in trauma, emergency and intensive-care settings and is the former Director of Social Work for a large multi-hospital system in Florida. Dr. Evans is a certified mediator and serves as a consultant on issues related to organizational behavior and conflict. Her academic research focus is primarily trauma and recovery. She is the co-author of the book “Trauma-Informed Care: How Neuroscience Influences Practice.”

Dr. Evans was instrumental in creating a trauma center for victims of rape and also created a Trauma-Informed Forensic Interviewing model for adult victims of human trafficking which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. As a professional speaker, she has trained thousands of professionals on topics related to violence, human relations, supervisory skills, and organizational development. Dr. Evans has been a member of the social work faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University for 14 years and still maintains a consulting practice.

Jacquelyn Ferguson

Jacquelyn Ferguson

Jacquelyn Ferguson of InterAction Associates, has been in the management development and training business over 20 years. With a Master's Degree in Community Counseling/Psychology she designs and facilitates programs for businesses, education, and government. Jackie has authored and co-authored audiotapes on stress management, self-esteem, and dealing effectively with guilt. Literally hundreds-of-thousands of people throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Europe & Australia have benefited from her programs. Jackie is also a Corporate and Success Coach and former weekly contributor to the News-Press’s Healthy Living Section, authoring weekly articles on stress reduction and corporate wellness.

http://www.jackieferguson.com/

Ava Fluty, ND, MEd., CNHP

Ava Fluty, ND, MEd., CNHP

Dr. Ava Fluty is a keynote speaker, humorist, seminar leader and consultant with national and international experience. Ava's dynamic seminars have shown corporations, government agencies, managers, businesses, teachers, private industry and individuals how to find unmistakable status and leadership skills. She provides strategies on topics such as communication, conflict resolution, motivation, and leadership. She holds a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision and received her doctorate in 2002.

www.AvaFluty.com

Jeff Graddy, Ph.D.

Jeff Graddy,  Ph.D.

Dr. Jeff Graddy is a Principal with Leadership Research Institute (LRI). He works at the individual, team, and organizational levels, with core competencies in executive coaching and leadership development. Jeff serves various industries, with a focus on healthcare and financial services. He also works with clients in government, automotive, media, technology, retail, business and professional services, private equity, and not-for-profit. Jeff uses a variety of approaches to achieve results, including: executive coaching, training programs, survey design and execution, team building techniques, and strategic talent planning. He also utilizes various measurement tools to aid client insights, such as personality testing, psychometric assessments, employee and customer surveys, and 360° feedback.

Jeff started his career in healthcare, serving both private and government sectors. He held clinical and policy roles that ranged in focus from improving mental health care to leading crisis response teams. Prior to joining LRI, Jeff was in private practice as a performance coach and sport psychology consultant. Jeff also lectured in the Psychology departments at several universities within the U.S., often focusing on the intersection of psychology and human performance.

Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, where he specialized in performance psychology. He completed his doctoral internship at the University of San Diego. He is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology. He is also a qualified administrator of a range of psychological assessments (e.g., Hogan, MBTI©, EQ-i©, CPI, iDISC, and others) and is a certified trainer in Emotional Intelligence. Jeff sits on the Advisory Board of several non-profits, including The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and The SWFL Children’s Advocacy Center.

Dr. David Kelley, D.Min

Dr. David Kelley, D.Min

Dr. David G. Kelley, D.Min, holds a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree from the Divinity School of Duke University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Organization Development from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in California. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and the founder and former pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church of Cape Coral. Dr. Kelley is a Florida licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed mediator for the state of Florida.

He has a passion for training particularly in the areas of conflict, trust, leadership, and communication.  David also facilitates team building and strategic planning retreats for clients.

http://www.davidgkelley.net/

Lorna Kibbey

Lorna Kibbey

Lorna J. Kibbey designs and delivers management and leadership seminars and services to public and private sector organizations. Her seminars focus on the many issues surrounding leadership, motivation, and communication. Lorna is a motivational speaker and has spoken at a large variety of conferences and meetings.

Lorna has first-hand experience in dealing with the most difficult situations managers face. She served as a leader and manager for more than 24 years in the government sector. Lorna has worked as a senior management consultant, operations administrator, program consultant, trainer, and line supervisor, in a multitude of public service programs.

Lorna earned her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She has achieved recognition in the State of Florida as a Certified Public Manager and was recognized as “Best Boss of the Year” in a nationwide initiative.

Lorna is a National Chapter Advisor for the American Society of Training and Development, as well as the immediate past president of the Southwest Florida Chapter. Lorna is an active member of the National Speaker’s Association.

www.LKibbey.com

Jim LaRue

Jim LaRue

Jim LaRue is President of LaRue Planning and Management Services and has more than two decades of government management and consulting experience. His firm provides organizational assessments, customer service programs, retreats, and a variety of seminars customized to the client's needs. His background includes time spent as a County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator, Assistant City Manager, Zoning Administrator and Senior Planner. Jim has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, and Master's Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and in Political Science from Memphis State University.

Steve M. Lewis

Steve. M. Lewis

Steve M. Lewis is President and CEO of an independent Records and Information Management Consulting Firm (SML, Inc.) with over thirty seven years experience at nearly every size and type of government agency.  Clients range from small towns to major cities, counties, school boards, state agencies, universities, community colleges, utilities, transportation, law enforcement, court and regulatory agencies.  He has held two vice-president positions in the corporate world and client list generates extensive experience in the private sector to include the defense industry, manufacturing and service sectors - nationally and internationally.  He has managed collections as large as two million cubic feet.  Services cover a broad spectrum to include designing records management plans, designing systems, identifying records eligible for destruction, assisting with legal compliance, providing training and nearly any other records and information related service requirement.

Dr. Robert Peterson

Dr. Robert Peterson

Dr. Peterson has over 30 years’ experience in training managers and supervisors of several major Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous medium and smaller-sized firms.  Additionally, he has over twenty years of full-time university and college level teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, nine years working in the marketing department of a Fortune 250 company, and over 3 years’ experience as the Training Manager at a plant of a major US automotive manufacturing company.

Dr. Peterson has lead Six Sigma certification for all facets of business, including manufacturing, health care, government, education, and service.  He holds a PhD in Organizational Development from Southern Illinois University.  Dr. Peterson is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and was trained in Six Sigma by General Electric.

Robert Pritt

Robaert Pritt

Mr. Robert Pritt is a partner in Roetzel & Andress, and focuses his practice in the areas of local government, land use and real estate law.  Mr. Pritt represents municipalities, private developers, and real estate investors.  He served as City Attorney of Sanibel for 13 years, and has been City Attorney for Naples since 2001.  The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association voted him the City Attorney of the Year in 2003, and he was selected as a "Florida Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine (2006 - 2009).  Mr. Pritt did his undergraduate work, and received his law degree, from the University of Akron, (School of Law). His accomplishments include numerous teaching and professional presentations, and he speaks Spanish fluently!

Gerald Schoenfeld

Gerald Scholenfeld

Jerry Schoenfeld is Chair of the  Management Department , Director of the M.B.A. Program, and an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Jerry earned his doctorate degree in the areas of Human Resource Management and Strategic Management from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jerry’s work with these organizations has included, but is not limited to: strategic planning, cultural change, the development of a wide array of selection devices (e.g., interviewing skill training, assessment centers, structured interviewing guides and training), performance appraisal development and implementation, career development systems, team building, human resource planning, quality of work life programs, total quality management, and numerous customized training programs and workshops.  

His principal research interests are in the areas of performance appraisal, human resource strategy, and entrepreneurial skill development. Jerry has authored numerous academic and practitioner articles on business management and human resource management and has presented his work at many professional conferences and meetings.

Anne Schroeder

Anne Schroeder

Anne Schroeder is a management consultant and trainer with over 20 years experience in developing organizations and their personnel. Her firm provides customer service approaches, corporate retreats, performance appraisal systems, team building, and customized seminars. Anne has developed and conducted strategic planning initiatives for the executive levels of several national associations. As the Guests First trainer, (customer service seminars for Lee County hospitality-related industry), Anne writes a bimonthly column for the Lee Island Coaster newsletter on inspiring and innovative customer service tips and techniques. She has a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, plus extensive training in organizational problem solving from the University of Buffalo and from Synectics, Inc.

Victoria Stephan

Victoria Stephan

Victoria Stephan, President of Stephan Consulting, LLC, is a 25 year professional in the nonprofit arena. Named in 2012 as one of the most influential business leaders of the decade, she is the former President / CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, from which she holds numerous national awards. Stephan is the former Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida and past Interim Executive Director of Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center.

Victoria designs and delivers seminars on Nonprofit Management and Strategic Growth. She is a capacity strategist, executive coach, trainer and speaker with expertise in Board Governance, Change Management, Project Management and Retreat Facilitation.

Actively involved in her community, she serves as Director on the Edison State College Foundation Board, Director of The Rotary Club of Fort Myers, and Director for Barbara B. Mann Community Concert Association, with United Way Allocations and as a SWFL Community Foundation Capacity Coach, while donating expertise to the Economic Development Office for Workforce Now, a regional initiative identifying and educating current and future workforce personnel for the five counties for Southwest Florida.

Stephan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, is an avid boater, travel enthusiast and pianist.

Myra Hale Walters

Myra Hale Walters

Myra Hale Walters has 25 years experience in teaching, training design, and presentation. She received a BA in Speech Communication and an MA in Organizational Communications from the University of Alabama. She has taught at Barry University and Edison State College such topics as Speech Communications, Public Speaking, and Organizational Communication with Emphasis on Managing Diversity. She also provides consulting and training on issues in Diversity, Presentation Skills, Needs Assessment, Facilitation Skills, Train the Trainer, Team Building, and Customer Service.