Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day. As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, “Ask HR.” Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA.


Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He was appointed chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education and iCIMS. In 2020, Mr. Taylor received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, and in 2021 was named Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.


Krissi Barr is CEO of Barr Corporate Success, a business consulting company. Her firm specializes in executive coaching, strategic planning & implementation and leadership training. In her 18 years of helping businesses and individuals succeed, Krissi has worked with everything from Fortune 50 corporations to family-owned businesses and non-profits. Krissi has given over a hundred keynote speeches to audiences all over America. Her Leadership Wisdom of Dogs speech consistently gets rave reviews from business leaders and aspiring executives alike.

Krissi’s energy, passion and sense of humor take audiences on a life-changing journey. Among her numerous accomplishments, Krissi has co-authored two business books, The Fido Factor (on leadership) and Plugged (on strategy). She was featured in Inc. Magazine as one of the country’s top ten “super-efficient,” built a labyrinth in downtown Cincinnati and has chaired or co-chaired over 30 non-profit events.

An inspirational speaker for over three decades and former Miss Hawaii and television actress, who worked with Robyn Williams, Dick Van Dyke and played a nurse on General Hospital. Donna Hartley has shared her compelling story on NBC, ABC, PBS, and in The New York Times.

A sought-after expert on surviving challenges and developing heart centered leadership. Donna is a member of the National Speakers Association, Screen Actors Guild and the owner of Hartley International. In addition, she is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition!, Fire Up Your Healing! and Healing Meditations and accompanying Insights workbook and has published six stories in the Chocolate for a Women’s Soul series and two stories in the Chicken Soup series.