Inspire HR is led by founder Jaime Klein, a seasoned HR executive who has personally advised and consulted dozens of C-level leaders of Fortune 500 and other high growth companies on hiring, training and retaining top talent. Through Inspire, a Certified Women Owned Small Business, Jaime has assembled a team of best-in-class consultants who are subject matter experts across a wide range of disciplines hailing from diverse industries such as: tech, financial services, advertising, pharma and media.

The team’s experience ranges from Fortune 500s to high growth companies. We determine the consultant who best matches your organization, based on your culture and project needs. Our consultant list continues to evolve as client needs unfold.

Jaime Klein (Founder)

Jaime Klein is the founder and president of Inspire Human Resources, a Certified Woman Owned Small Business. She has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1994. Throughout the growth of Inspire, she has collaborated with senior leaders at Fortune 500, as well as startup companies to hire, train and retain their talent. Jaime has implemented strategies and programs in training, talent management, coaching, organizational change, recruiting and employee relations.

Prior to founding Inspire, Jaime led a variety of human resources initiatives at American Express. There she developed programs in career development and employee engagement. In addition, she oversaw numerous department reorganizations that resulted in streamlined workflow and overhead cost reduction. Before American Express, Jaime established and grew the human resources department for Commerce One’s New York office. Jaime’s career began at The Corporate Executive Board, where she was a founding associate in the Corporate Leadership Council practice, which focused on business best practices for HR executives.

Jaime holds a Masters of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.S. in Business with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Maryland. She has guest lectured on human resource management at Fordham University. Media appearances include: Weekend TODAY in New York , NY1, and Martha Stewart Living channel. As an HR industry leader, she has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Money, NY Post, CBS MoneyWatch, CNN Money, Yahoo, Monster, BBC Capital, Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business, Crain's, Medium, Self, Moneyish and Real Simple. Jaime serves on the Board of Beyond Celiac, and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

Beth Adamson

Beth Adamson has worked in HR Business Partner roles since 1992. Her experience includes implementing organizational and human capital strategy, defining core mission support, ensuring legal compliance, initiatives in talent acquisition, sustainability and succession planning, leadership development and skills training. Beth has advised chief executives, board chairs, and senior business leaders in financial services, privately held businesses, start-ups, and academia.

Most recently, Beth led the Human Capital Management portfolio for Rothschild North America. As Rothschild’s Managing Director, she crafted and implemented the bank’s human capital strategy, pursuing core mission support initiatives in talent acquisition, leadership development, compensation strategy, employee relations, executive coaching and succession planning. Prior to her roles at Rothschild, Beth was the Chief Operating Officer in the Industrials group within the investment banking division at Credit Suisse and previously held a position as HRBP in the sales, trading and research division.

Beth received her B.A. in Economics from Fordham University. She earned her executive coach certification through iCoachNewYork and Baruch College. Beth is a member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association, the Society of Human Resource Management, the Women’s Business Development Council and an Advisory Board member of the Stamford Catholic School system

Maribel Aleman

Maribel Aleman has been a Leadership and Executive Coach since 2003. Maribel focuses her expertise on results driven leadership, relationship building skills, strategic leadership, situational leadership, team coaching, communication skills, performance management skills, employee engagement, high performance and motivation skills, career management, executive presence, influencing skills and conflict resolution.

Maribel has partnered with organizations such as the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, National Australia Bank, Hess Oil, Roche, Mott MacDonald, MTV, American Management Association, A+E Networks, History, H2, Lifetime, Prudential, Verizon, Provident Bank, MacMillan/McGraw Hill, Time Warner, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Social Security Administration, City Parks Foundation, BASF and the U.N.

Maribel holds an MBA. with a concentration in Management and Global Business from Rutgers University. She received her B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. She is a Certified ICF PCC Coach, holds Coaching Certifications from the Gestalt International Study Center and Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and is also certified in Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, Hogan, CDR 3-D Suite, PDI 360, MBTI, TKI and Strengthscope. She has been featured in FOLIO and Workforce Magazine. She has been a guest speaker at CTHRA (Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association) and BCFM (Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association).

Jeanmarie Alessi

Jeanmarie Alessi has been an organizational training and development professional since 1991. Jeanmarie’s areas of expertise include the design and delivery of leadership development, management training, executive coaching, communication, change management and team building initiatives.

She has worked in various industries including financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, advertising, communications, education, non-profit, and healthcare. She started her career at Chase Manhattan Bank and Prudential Securities, where she trained hundreds of employees. As a training manager, she coached other training professionals and organized various organization-wide training and development initiatives. She has consulted senior management on employee morale, team building, and the selection of employees during mergers and organizational change.

Jeanmarie holds an M.S. in Education and Training and Development from Fordham University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Merrimack College. She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Hogan Development series survey, Voices 360, Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI), Team EQ and a number of other assessments and tools.

Christine Andrukonis

Christine Andrukonis has been helping executives achieve the seemingly impossible since 2001. She has broad expertise that spans leadership, talent, training, change management, strategy and communications.

Prior to Christine’s current role, she managed a boutique consultancy within Omnicom and was responsible for a 30-person team that spanned the US. She oversaw the development and implementation of people and change strategies for senior clients across a variety of industries. Before consulting, Christine worked in HR at American Express and Lockheed Martin. During her time at American Express she created global processes and tools for talent, performance management and compensation planning. There, she also developed and led the training of all HR leaders and people managers on the new processes and tools. At Lockheed Martin she created and launched the inaugural career development program and managed Lockheed Martin’s high potential leadership development program, mentoring programs as well as management training.

Christine holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University. She received her B.S. in Management from Penn State. She was highlighted in Profiles in Diversity magazine for her work on talent and development programs at Lockheed Martin, and earned the title of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 for 2013.

Sharyn Ben-Zvi

Sharyn Ben-Zvi has worked in HR Business Partner roles since 1994 and as an executive coach since 2008. Her areas of expertise are organizational and leadership development, talent and performance management, employee relations and executive coaching.

Sharyn has senior level HR management experience in both the publishing and media industries. Sharyn worked for Time Inc. in a HR leadership role; during this time she was the senior HR advisor for senior management teams to continually optimize and strengthen the performance of the business. She partnered with leaders at all levels to build organizational structures required to meet the challenges of their business plans and strategies. Prior to joining Time Inc., Sharyn worked at The Walt Disney Company as a Senior HR Business Partner where she advised and counseled managers and employees on employee relations issues and recruited for various levels within the organization.

She holds a Master’s in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from The New School. She received her B.A. in American Studies from The American University. Sharyn received her certification in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University.

Dave Ciliberto

Dave Ciliberto has worked in Human Resources since 1986. His expertise focuses on talent development/training, diversity and inclusion (“D&I”), leadership development, career transition, working with executive D&I councils, ERG’s and organization integration.

Dave has created and delivered many specialized programs around working styles & team alignment, communication skills, supervisory and leadership skills, performance management, D&I, and respect in the workplace. While managing an HR talent acquisition audit, Dave provided recommendations on improved hiring and onboarding. He also developed and delivered respect in the workplace training for C-Suite which was rolled out to all employees for a client. He has worked in HR roles with Prudential Insurance, American Express, UBS, Cornell University ILR, Jennifer Brown Consulting, Partners International, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Ion Media, the EEOC, NSA, CUNY, Colgate University, Local Initiatives Corporation (LISC), Bayer Pharma and Harley Davidson.

Dave received his B.A. in Business Administration from Lynchburg College. He is certified in Diversity Management by The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), PDI 360 Profilor, and Social Styles. He’s also authored two articles; “Career Transitions Across Generations”, featured in SHRM online and “3 Things Wrong with D&I Training”, Diversity Inc. online magazine.

Kira Copperman

Kira Copperman has worked as an executive coach, facilitator, and consultant focused on improving productivity since 1998. Her areas of expertise include change management, performance management and emotional intelligence, working in a multi-generational workforce and enhancing workplace communication.

Kira has experience consulting for various industries including healthcare, entertainment, new media and financial services. She has delivered interview skills training and performance management training for over 1,000 managers at Citigroup and facilitated leadership development programs for hundreds of employees at Elsevier and Everyday Health. She has delivered keynote presentations for executives at GE Capital, Bloomberg, and EisnerAmper. Kira is also the author of Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication for the Modern Workplace, a book on strategies to improve communication in organizations. She is an award winning workplace communication researcher, and hosts the radio show, “Lessons from the Corner Office.”

Kira holds a Master’s of Social Work from New York University. She received her B.S. in Business Communication from Emerson College. She has an advanced certification in coaching from the Six Seconds Institute. She is also certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Hogan Development survey, and DiSC. Kira serves on the Board of AWARE (Assisting Women through Actions, Resources and Education).

Marianne Gattinella

Marianne Gattinella has worked as a broadly skilled strategic HR Business Partner since 1985. Her accomplishments include implementing talent management, leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, and organizational transformation and change management initiatives. She has deep and varying experiences as a collaborative, business driven HR leader supporting senior and C-Suite executives.

Most recently, as Vice President HR at S&P Global, Marianne had responsibility for delivering strategic human resource plans to the global Enterprise functions. In that position, she led the talent, selection and staffing process for the Company’s Growth and Value Plan and assumed a lead role in the HR Transformation initiative. She also led the Employee Relations Center of Expertise.

Prior to S&P Global, Marianne held various business partner roles at companies including New York Life International (NYLI), Lehman Brothers, Citibank and The Travelers. While at NYLI, she gained extensive international human resources experience including a one year overseas assignment in Hong Kong.

Marianne holds a MBA from the University of Hartford. She received her B.S. in Management from the University of Rhode Island. Marianne is certified in Myers Briggs, Evaluation/Assessment interviews and other organizational assessment tools. She is on the Board of Directors for New York Human Resources Planning & Strategy and University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Greenwich Junior League.

Shazia Jivraj

Shazia has worked in project management roles since 2002. Her areas of expertise are problem-solving, financial and operational analysis, staffing, workflow, recruitment, and effective communication. She is detail-oriented and quality-focused, with an ability to see the big picture.

Shazia has worked at Deloitte with experience servicing a breadth of clients. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in operating and advisory roles within large public companies, as well as privately held entrepreneurial organizations across a variety of industries, including consumer products, technology, media and entertainment. At a client in the financial services industry, Shazia managed a cross-functional team working on an Anti-Money Laundering assignment. In addition to managing the team to achieve its milestones ahead of schedule, she also led a workstream focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness in top management functions.

Shazia received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration with Honors from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both Canada and the United States.

Jeriann Kolton

Jeriann Kolton has worked in Human Resources since 1998, and takes a holistic, systems approach to strategic Human Resource consulting. Her areas of expertise are: project management, talent planning and development, aligning HR strategies with business strategies, change management, global mobility, employee engagement, building and leading teams, and internal communications.

Jeriann has held HR Business Partner and OD/ OE roles of increasing scope and complexity at Publicis and Saatchi & Saatchi. In her capacity as a VP of HR, she launched a global comprehensive performance management system, which included a competency model she created, and linking of competencies to goal setting, performance appraisals and compensation planning. She also created a new business unit with few resources and aggressive timelines.

Jeriann holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University. She has certifications from Lominger (Leadership Architect and Voices 360 Feedback), Hogan and Coaches Training Institute.

David Konis

David Konis has been a strategic HR leader since 1989, partnering with C-suite executives on transforming their people strategy into business results. His areas of expertise include employee engagement, HR transformation, employee relations and designing and implementing performance management and compensation programs.

David spent ten years at the management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman Group, where he was Global Head of the firm’s Compensation, Talent Analytics and HRIS Center of Expertise for the last three years. Prior to this role, David was the Global Head of HR for the Delta Business Unit and Global Head of Talent Management for Oliver Wyman’s support professional staff, which encompassed over 700 colleagues in 25 countries coming together under one shared organization for the first time. In that role, David led the transformation of the HR function by creating a new performance management program, developing a learning and development strategy, and designing and implementing a comprehensive compensation model. David also has extensive experience in the Financial Services sector, having spent eight years as a Senior Business Partner at Deutsche Bank for the firm’s Technology and Operations division, covering over 12,000 employees globally. In addition to advising senior leaders on their HR strategy, David also oversaw their workforce analytics group and the year-end compensation process. Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, David was a compensation consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, where he provided consulting services to senior leaders at Fortune 500 firms on executive pay, as well as managing the firm’s industry benchmarking reports.

David holds a Masters degree in Personnel Psychology from New York University and received his B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and NY/HR, and serves as a mentor for Beyond Remarkable LLC, which provides career counseling and resume writing services to people starting out in their careers.

Gwyn Meeks

Gwyn Meeks has been an executive coach, facilitator and consultant in learning and development since 1998. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, management development, team development, and leadership effectiveness.

Gwyn spent the majority of her career in the media and entertainment industry. She served as the VP of Organizational Effectiveness for Viacom and Executive Director of Talent Development at NBCUniversal. She also served as the VP of Human Resources at New York & Company, a women’s wear-to-work retailer. In addition to Media and Retail, Gwyn has experience working in the Beauty and Healthcare industries.

Gwyn holds a M.S. in Organizational Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine University. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She is a certified leadership coach through Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. Gwyn is certified to administer the ESCI and PDI 360 Profilor feedback assessment tools. She is also a facilitator of the Social Styles and DiSC assessments.

Laura Crothers Osborn

Laura Crothers Osborn has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1988 and a leadership coach since 2004. Laura’s areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, organizational design, leadership and culture assessments, performance management, talent acquisition, change management, leadership development, workforce planning, employee engagement and compensation design.

Laura cultivated her leadership style while at McGraw Hill, CIT, ADP, Merrill Lynch, EverBank and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Laura was Chief People Officer at US Express Leasing (USXL), where she built the HR capability for the $85 million start-up organization, as it grew to $1 billion in assets. She enabled USXL to expand from 8 to 250 employees in five years and managed their $470 million dollar acquisition in 2010 when they were sold to EverBank. Prior to that, she worked as Senior Director of HR focused on mergers and acquisitions at Standard & Poor’s where she led complex diligence and acquisition/integration project management teams. She also worked in the UK with Newcourt/AT&T Capital/CIT managing their HR integration.

Laura received her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Mathematics from Susquehanna University. She is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile & Culture Survey, PDI 360 Profilor, and DiSC.

Jessica Powers

Jessica Powers has worked in leadership and organizational development since 2006. Her areas of expertise include organizational and team assessments, leadership development, coaching, performance management and training.

Jessica has consulted with global organizations and startups in industries including financial services, energy, technology, digital media, international development and entertainment. At an energy company, Jessica managed the executive coaching program, the 360° process, and a leadership development program for senior leaders. As a Leadership Development Consultant at Bank of America, Jessica managed leadership development programs, drove the talent management process and conducted several organizational assessments that supported large scale organizational and culture change. In her consulting work, Jessica has designed and conducted organizational assessments and has delivered feedback that led to increased employee engagement. She has created and launched performance management systems, evaluated the performance management process, facilitated workshops and off-sites and created interactive soft skills trainings. A passion for strategic growth and healthy communities inspires her consulting work and has resulted in teams with increased clarity, focus, connection, and effectiveness.

Jessica holds a Master’s of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College. She is a member of the Organizational Development Network of New York.

Dasha Rettew

Dasha Rettew has helped organizations, teams and individuals achieve their highest potential since 2004. Dasha partners with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and major non-profits to help executives navigate transitions and lead organizations through change.

As Head of Client Engagement, North America for the global leadership consultancy launched by the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dasha advised and coached heads of state, government officials and Fortune 500 executives. She worked closely with organizations including Coca-Cola, Duke Energy, Goldman Sachs, Google, JPMorgan Chase and Nike. Dasha has served as coach, trusted advisor and thought partner to senior leaders across all industries. She provides insight into how executives successfully transition into new roles; navigate complex relationships; maintain poise and agility in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments; and influence with confidence.

Dasha holds an Master’s in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership Development from New York University. She received her B.A. with Honors from Wake Forest University. Dasha is a certified Executive Coach through The Columbia Coaching Certification Program. She serves as a Vice President of the New York University Alumni Association.

Carla Rojas

Carla Rojas has been a Human Resources professional since 2001. She has a proven track record of achievement in working with key business partners to create a vision for the business, identify value opportunities, and align people practices to strategy. Carla has experience in building high performing work cultures, implementing innovative staffing solutions, utilizing behavioral assessments to develop an organizational structure, and embedding performance and talent management into the DNA of an organization. She is a creative thinker, team player, and self-motivator with the demonstrated ability to quickly assess an organization's needs and accomplish challenges and goals.

Carla began her career in staffing and has held executive HR roles at several advertising and media agencies in NYC. Most recently, Carla was with IPG Mediabrands where she led global HR for their most profitable media agencies. She has led and overseen the launch of new agencies and has experience leading projects in the following areas: performance management, talent acquisition, compensation, rewards & recognition, behavioral analysis, leadership development, and employee relations.

Carla earned her B.A. in Communications from St. Thomas Aquinas College and is accredited by Columbia University’s Executive Coaching program.

Shefali Salwan

Shefali Salwan has worked in Human Resources since 1994, and as an Executive Coach since 2008. Her areas of expertise are Talent Management, Coaching, Leadership Development, Assessments and Diversity and Inclusion.

As a coach, Shefali has worked with executives in the Private Equity, Professional services, Pharma, Asset Management, Banking, Telecom, IT, FMCG and the arts sector. Shefali integrates her experience in global organizations with a deep understanding of psychological frameworks to create the right blend of frameworks and practical applications for her clients with a strong bias on behavior change. Her corporate experience spans roles in India, Netherlands, UK and Singapore. She was the Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion in Unilever. She also held senior HRBP positions in India and Europe. Her HR consulting experience includes corporations like Tata Motors, Unilever, HSBC, Olam, Watson Wyatt and Barclays.

Shefali holds an MBA in HR from India’s top HR program at XLRI and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Delhi University. Shefali is accredited in various tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Thomas Profiling, and Development Dimensions Institute (DDI, Pennsylvania). She is certified by Academy of Executive Coaching, UK and Newfield, USA and she is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of International Coach Federation.

Lauren Schept

Lauren Schept has worked in Human Resources since 2002. Her areas of expertise include recruiting, training, coaching, performance management, talent and succession planning, organizational development, and employee relations.

Lauren has experience as a strategic Human Resources Business Partner in various industries including consumer product goods, retail, wholesale, and management consulting. When Lauren was Director of Human Resources at L’Oreal USA, she worked closely with employees and executives on career development opportunities, performance management and facilitated the talent review/year-end performance appraisal and salary review processes. Prior to L’Oreal, Lauren worked at Warnaco Inc. where she successfully developed and executed programs and initiatives focused on employee engagement, onboarding, and reward and recognition. Additionally, she advised senior management on all Human Resources matters, including employee relations, retention, performance management, organizational development and succession planning. In all of her roles, Lauren effectively and efficiently resolved complex employment issues and was responsible for identifying talent needs and opportunities in partnership with business leaders. Lauren previously held Human Resources/Recruiting positions at Kenneth Cole Productions, McKinsey & Company and Barneys New York.

Lauren received her B.A. in Sociology, with a specialization in economy, business, and society, from the University of Michigan.

Laura Schwarz

Laura Schwarz has worked in various corporations since 1991. She is a former marketing director turned executive coach and trainer. Laura understands the pressures and challenges facing clients and appreciates the urgency to demonstrate progress quickly in order to optimize business results.

Laura’s distinctive method for coaching and training incorporates precise observations that introduce new perspectives and solutions. Laura engages her clients by linking their development opportunities to their core values and career aspirations. This creates an ideal environment for clients to embrace the changes necessary to maintain a competitive advantage. Laura’s coaching engagements span a range of professional development themes and she partners with clients from the C-suite to recent MBA graduates. Her signature workshop “Presence: What’s in it for YOU” is frequently requested across multiple industries. Prior to coaching and training, Laura held leadership positions at American Express, Young & Rubicam, and Research International.

Laura received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Laura has a certification in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute. She is also certified in a wide range of assessment tools, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Lominger Voices 360. She is a member of New York Women in Communications.

Mindy Schwartz

Mindy Schwartz has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1995 and an Executive Coach since 2012. Her areas of expertise are Strategic HR Leadership, HR Business Alignment, Talent Development, Executive Performance and Leadership Development.

Mindy draws on her earlier career as a senior global human resources executive at Credit Suisse, and she has extensive HR experience in investment banking, asset management, research and equities where she partnered, advised and coached executives and their teams around the world on a wide range of initiatives. Mindy built an impressive career with expanded and increased responsibilities both in the U.S. and globally. She was a Managing Director and the Head of HR for the Americas Region and Head of Global HR for the investment banking department.

Mindy holds a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware, and is certified in the Hogan Development survey and has a Certificate in Executive Coaching from the iCoach Program at Baruch College.

Kelly Shannon

Kelly Shannon has worked in talent management and development since 1999. As a leadership program facilitator, learning and development strategist and certified executive coach, Kelly has designed and delivered global leadership and professional development programs. She has also coached and consulted with C-Suite leaders, senior executives and high potential managers. Kelly’s expertise includes learning and development, strategy, leadership, talent management, succession planning, executive presence and team engagement.

Over the course of her career, Kelly has held lead roles in talent management and development at Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Deutsche Bank, and Societe Generale. As the Head of People and Talent Development at Societe Generale, Kelly designed and delivered a regional management program that aligned with the COO’s strategy and vision for the Americas infrastructure teams. This management initiative focused on developing the communication skills of local managers and other leaders within the organization.

Kelly received her B.A. in Music and Liberal Arts from Seton Hill University. She earned her Certificate in Executive Coaching from the iCoach Program at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York. Kelly is certified in the MBTI assessment instrument and is experienced in Birkman and DiSC assessments.

Barbara Spitzer

Barbara Spitzer has worked in Human Resources since 1986, helping organizations improve performance through effective people practices. Her primary areas of expertise are: Workforce Leadership Development and Coaching, Workforce Planning, Organization Design, Transformation and Change.

Prior to starting her own business, Barbara was a Managing Director at Towers Watson where she was a senior leader in the Talent and Rewards practice. Before that, she was a Senior Vice President with Capgemini Consulting and ran the global People & Performance. Barbara has also worked at Ernst & Young, Watson Wyatt and The Hay Group. Barbara’s clients have included global Fortune 500 companies, such as American Express, Pitney Bowes, National Grid, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Healthfirst, General Electric, Cisco Systems, and many others. She founded and led Capgemini’s New York Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE) and is a top-level certified large scale workshop facilitator. Throughout her career, Barbara has authored a number of publications on Leadership, Change Management and HR Transformation.

Barbara holds a Master’s in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University.

Cheryl Swirnow

Cheryl Swirnow has been helping executives execute on their vision since 2002. She has wide ranging expertise that includes strategy, benefits administration and communication, policy writing, recruitment, and operations.

Prior to Cheryl’s current role, she was the co-founder and CEO of Sherpaa, a leading healthcare startup. She oversaw a 25-person team, and was responsible for the overall company strategy, as well as sales, finance, recruitment, and operations. Cheryl led the company through several successful fundraising rounds. Cheryl has also led HR and Operations teams at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Nike, Quintessentially, The Barbarian Group, and Rent the Runway. During her time at Rent the Runway, she was responsible for a benefits overhaul which led to a richer, more competitive and cost effective benefits package. In addition, she examined the company’s policies to ensure they were legally sound, and consistent with the company’s voice and brand. Cheryl was also responsible for recruitment and onboarding across all areas of the business.

Cheryl received her B.S. in Hospitality from Cornell University. Cheryl has been profiled in Marie Claire Magazine as a "Healthcare Game Changer". She has also been highlighted in Elle Magazine and New York Magazine for her business acumen and vision.

Cheyenne VanCooten

Cheyenne VanCooten has worked in human resources related consulting roles since 2010. Her experience includes change management, organizational development, talent development, performance management, innovative learning and development, interactive training, talent acquisition and onboarding practices, human resources management, and strategic diversity and inclusion.

Most recently, Cheyenne held the role of Manager, Professional Services at the National Organization on Disability. She worked as HR consultant and corporate trainer with a focus on change management and organizational readiness projects. Cheyenne worked with various industries including utilities, food services, supply chain management, healthcare, retail, and financial services.

Prior to this position, Cheyenne was a learning and development specialist at the National HQ of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where she managed the design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of all curriculum and learning. She also spearheaded a new performance management process. Cheyenne started her career in global talent development roles and a human resources business partner role at Fortune 500 media companies including Viacom, Thomson Reuters and Nielsen Media.

Cheyenne holds a Masters of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.A at SUNY New Paltz with a concentration in Sociology and cum laude honors. Cheyenne is also a CUNY adjunct lecturer and currently teaches a public speaking course at Baruch College.

Wendy Amengual Wark

Wendy Amengual Wark has worked in diversity and inclusion since 1988. Her areas of expertise are diversity planning, inclusive communications, training, mentoring, and employee resource groups.

Wendy has created success for Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and the public sector including: The City of New York, The Public Health Institute, FedEx Freight, Inc., the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Commission on the Status of Women, New York University, the NYS MTA, MARTA, Stryker Endoscopy, the County of Santa Clara, and others. At FedEx Freight, Inc., Wendy worked with executives to develop and roll-out strategic diversity plans and establish diversity councils resulting in finding and developing hidden high potentials.

Wendy conducted graduate studies in American History at Columbia University. She received her B.A. from The City College of New York, and received a Certificate with High Honors at the University of Cambridge, England. Wendy is a member of the UN Women’s Training Roster for Gender Equality and her board and committee memberships have included: the Tri-State Diversity Council, SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion Standards Taskforce; WTS–Greater NY Chapter, Diversity Committee, the NYC Commission on the Status of Women Sexual Harassment Prevention Task Force, and Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

Nicole Weber

Nicole Weber has worked in business and HR roles since 1992. Her experience includes executive coaching, leadership development, communication skills, executive presence, training facilitation, employee relations, talent and performance management, as well as recruiting.

Nicole has held senior HR positions as well as business roles throughout her career at Bloomberg, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. As an HR Business Partner, she focused on talent management, leadership development, organizational change, training facilitation and executive coaching. As an executive coach, Nicole partners with individuals and teams to achieve their developmental goals and realize their full potential. She couples her knowledge of leadership and professional development with years of corporate experience to enhance her clients’ communication, interpersonal and self-management skills. Prior to her roles in HR, Nicole was a Global Markets Analyst and Associate at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Nicole holds a MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. She received her B.A. with honors in Political Science from Trinity College. Nicole is a graduate of Columbia University’s Coaching Program and is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI) and Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) assessment tools. She is fluent in four languages and is a former Advisory Council member for the Association to Benefit Children and a former trustee of the Rye City School District’s Board of Education.

Laura Woodroof

Laura Woodroof has worked as a Human Capital Management Consultant since 2003, working closely with her clients to develop leading edge people practices, embed and sustain meaningful change and transform their HR functions. Her primary areas of expertise are: HR transformation, HR process design and organization design, change management and program management.

Laura’s experience in people and HR related consulting spans a variety of roles and functions. Laura worked in the management consulting practices at Deloitte LLC and Capgemini. She was also an HR Business Partner/Generalist at The Bank of New York Mellon, supporting the business leaders of the front office functions in London. In her capacity as a consultant, Laura has delivered client engagements across multiple industries including financial services, retail, life sciences, energy and utilities, auto, manufacturing, tobacco and government.

Laura holds an MBA from Kent Business School at The University of Kent (UK). She received her B.A. in History from The University of Kent and is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Laura Zaccardi

Laura Zaccardi has worked in organizational development since 1990. Her areas of expertise include large scale change execution, learning, strategic communications, and group facilitation.

Laura has experience as both an internal practitioner and an external consultant across a broad spectrum of industries including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and media & entertainment. As an external consultant she has lead the change management activities on IT implementations that accompanied organizational transformation. She has also project managed the rollout of a global employee engagement survey. Her roots are in learning where she has delivered a host of management development programs, onboarding experiences and compliance related training.

Laura holds a Master’s in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.S. from Hood College in Human Resources Management. She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Laura also serves as a board member for a non-profit organization that focuses on animal rescue and rehoming in New Jersey.

Sabrina Zook

Sabrina Zook has worked in Human Resources since 1989. Her areas of expertise are measurably improving morale, retention and productivity, compensation, benefits, leadership development, talent management, succession planning, management training, organizational change, performance management, and team building.

Sabrina was the global head of HR at Argus Information & Advisory Services where she increased the company’s size by over 300% and oversaw every aspect of HR. Previously, Sabrina also worked at JPMorgan Chase for over 14 years, leading talent management, executive coaching, leadership development and team effectiveness practices that structured and supported a high performance culture.

Sabrina holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with concentrations in Management of Organizations and Human Resource Management. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, and graduated with high honors in Psychology. Sabrina is certified in Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), emotional intelligence inventories, Hogan Development survey, Voices 360, TAIS, and 360 degree feedback instruments. She has served on the faculty at NYU’s Leadership and Human Capital Management Department and frequently presented at Columbia Business School and IvyExec. At NYU, she taught courses in executive coaching, leadership development, and coaching assessment instruments. She also coaches alumni and MBA students at Columbia Business School.

Grace Sumka

Grace Sumka has worked in project management roles since 1999. Her strengths are identifying gaps and inefficiencies, while creating efficient and user-friendly solutions.

Grace has over ten years in corporate management leading global projects. At Morgan Stanley, Grace was a vice President where she led the development, implementation, training, and support for a new global employee performance review system. She led the anti-money laundering initiative required by the Patriot Act and was part of a team that created an end-to-end system supporting trading derivatives. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Grace worked at Meridian, a leading not-for-profit health care organization where she led the special projects initiatives encompassing all areas of operations including human resources, patient and family interactions for several of the healthcare facilities. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Grace has also held roles at Shearson Lehman Brothers as well as Saatchi and Saatchi.

Grace received her B.S. in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Karyn Harwood

Karyn Harwood has worked in human resources since 1988. She has helped a wide variety of organizations implement small and large-scale human resources initiatives requiring the development and execution of project plans and management of client relations.

Karyn’s background includes human resources roles in a broad cross-section of industries including financial services, consumer products, construction, consulting and not-for-profit. As a human resources consultant at Aon Hewitt, she managed competitive compensation reviews and developed compensation strategy and plans for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Aon Hewitt, Karyn worked at Colgate-Palmolive where she led a cross functional task force that was responsible for developing total compensation strategy and guidelines for the production workforce in U.S. based manufacturing facilities. While at Colgate, she worked closely with senior management to determine the best compensation programs to attract, engage and retain high performing employees. Karyn has also held human resources roles at Prudential Securities and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Karyn received her B.S. in Business Administration from Alfred University and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She currently serves on the board of the Adam Wysota Foundation as an advisor on human resources-related issues. Karyn is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

Diane Martynowicz

Diane Martynowicz has over 20 years of cross-functional experience in Fortune 500 companies, including Morgan Stanley, America Express, Lehman Brothers and CBS. Diane is a highly respected professional who is known for her strengths in strategic planning, cost control, managing cross-functional projects, improving operational processes and vendor management.

Diane’s adaptable skill-set has allowed her to be involved in every aspect of the business life cycle from operations to senior management. As Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, Diane managed and created communications channels for Global Operations as well as creating project-specific communication campaigns. She was recognized for her efforts in creating news and feature content for a departmental website for over 5,000 employees. In addition to her experience with large corporations, Diane also has a firm understanding and sensitivity to small businesses. While working as the Director of Operations for a small start-up firm in Seattle, Washington Diane handled all daily operations including fulfillment, financial reporting, vendor negotiation and cost reduction.

Diane has a B.A. in Accounting.