Speaker Bio's

KEYNOTE – Extreme Leadership: Your Radical Leap Forward at Work and Beyond

Steve Farber, President
Extreme Leadership, Inc., Poway, CA

Steve FarberListed as one of Inc’s global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts, Steve is a Leadership Pioneer, Strategist, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author on Extreme Leadership. His expertise is in creating organizational cultures where leadership is not just an opportunity and obligation for those in authority, but for everyone at all levels. Steve is the President of Extreme Leadership, Inc, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders around the world. His accessible, deeply inspirational, and eminently practical Radical LEAP framework is widely used across the business, non-profit and education spectrum. Farber has been credited with redefining leadership in deeply personal yet practical terms and re-energizing thousands of people to make a significant difference in their businesses, lives, and the world around them.
His third book, Greater Than Yourself, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” And his first book, The Radical Leap, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Steve has worked with Johns Hopkins, Cisco, Intel, TriNet, Hyatt and hundreds of other organizations large and small. He has spoken to or worked with virtually every industry there is--from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, public education, retail, and government.


Gian Paul Gonzalez, Public Speaker & Motivator
Gian Paul Gonzalez Speaking, Union City, NJ

Gian Paul GonzalezGian-Paul was asked to lead a chapel service for members of the New York Giants team the night before the team’s Christmas Eve 2011 game against the New York Jets. There was little hope then that the team would make it to the playoffs. To illustrate the concept of commitment Gonzalez handed each football player a poker chip, instructing them to write their number on one side of the chip and write what they wanted to be committed to on the other side. He then shared with the team the meaning behind the poker phrase “All In.” He inspired them to be committed and put all their ‘chips’ on the table.
The next day, after Gian Paul’s chapel message, the Giants beat the Jets 29-14. In a post game interview, Giant’s Defensive End, Justin Tuck credited the chapel speaker’s (Gian Paul) message of being “All In” as the reason the Giants win that day. The team went on to win every game, up to and including Super Bowl XLVI, where they beat the New England Patriots 21-17.
Gian Paul is himself an inspiration. He was a former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University scoring nearly 1,400 points in his 3 year career. Played in the NBA Summer League in 2007 and was offered a few professional basketball contracts, yet he turned them down in order to continue his work with at-risk youth. He is a gifted motivational speaker and is the founder of 4-One, an organization dedicated to using basketball to share a message of hope and striving for excellence in inner-city public schools and juvenile jails.

GENERAL SESSION – Workplace 20/20

Barbara Mistick, President
Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA

Barbara MistickBarbara became Wilson College's 19th President in 2011. She is the architect of the Wilson Today plan, which made history pioneering the nations first loan buy-back program and brought the designation of “tuition hero” to the college. Over the course of her 30-year career, Barbara has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at institutions such as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and at various businesses she managed and/or founded. Her new book, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, was designated as an Amazon Editor’s Pick and ranked #12 on the 800-CEO-READ’s Best Seller list.

GENERAL SESSION – Designing Credit Union Culture for High Performance

Tansley Stearns, Chief Impact Officer
Filene Research Institute, Madison, WI

Tansley StearnsTansley moves the best of Filene’s research and innovation into action. With more than 14 years of credit union leadership experience across a variety of functional areas, she knows how to help an organization move ideas forward to drive business results. She has a passion for learning, creating, and executing. In her previous roles at credit unions she was responsible for developing and implementing strategy and leading and driving business with all frontline teams including the call center, branches, lending, training, compliance, marketing, and business development. Tansley has been a key member of the Guiding Coalition at two credit unions, helping to build and develop sales and service cultures. She also helped her credit union win first place in both the Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring awards.
Tansley was one of the original credit union professionals chosen to be a participant in Filene’s i3 innovation program. In her three years with i3, she worked with other credit union executives to create innovative projects including SmartScore, Decision Point, and Debt in Focus. Credit Union Times named her a Trailblazer 40 Below in 2013.
Tansley earned her BA dual degree in Psychology and English at the University of Michigan. She is a Credit Union Executive Society Certified Marketing Executive and Certified Senior Executive. She also is an Alumni Emeritus of Michael Neill and Associates.

Amy Carter, Talent Development Specialist
Eastman CU, Kingsport, TN

Amy CarterAmy is responsible for full-cycle recruitment, from implementing processes and procedures to employing creative strategies, to developing and cultivating talent pipelines. She also spends her days analyzing training, team and organizational needs and developing and facilitating leadership/staff development and enhanced learning programs.

Juliann Chapman, Dean of Bright Solutions University
TwinStar CU, Lacey WA

Juliann ChapmanJuliann manages Bright Solutions University, TwinStar’s corporate university that provides leaners with education credit toward eight different concentrated areas of study. As a learning and development professional with over 25 years of experience, she is passionate about building learner centric talent development strategies to engage employees in their own development, improve employee performance, develop employees professionally, and retain talent.

Juliann is specialized in using cutting edge learning technologies to deliver engaging talent development programs. She is committed to providing solutions to employees how they want it, when they need it, where the need it, and in their preferred method of learning. Providing the best education experience possible motivates her to stay on the cutting edge of learning technologies. From virtual classroom, no boring eLearning courses, inforgraphs, performance support/job aids, gamification, badges, leaderboards, animated video and video course, to in-person instructor-led classroom, Juliann as done it all and is exited to collaborate with others to help move Credit Unions into the New Learning Ecosystem that is remote and social learning.

Deb Cohen, PhD, President
Deb Cohen, LLC, McLean, VA

Deb CohenDeb is an association executive with more than 25 years of experience advising, speaking and guiding nonprofit, academic and for profit entities. Her latest book (2016) Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-directed Learning Activities for HR Professionals is sole-authored and Deb is delivering talks and professional development highlighting how behavior matters to HR professionals and how to develop HR behavioral competencies. As a former Senior Vice President, with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Deb was responsible for a 50-person Division covering knowledge services, original research, and the development of a profession-wide competency model.
A subject matter expert in HR, management and organizational behavior, Deb’s expertise lies in creating and executing new initiatives that support and develop organization strategy. Under her direction at SHRM, research services were transformed into a million-dollar revenue stream, a curriculum guide for the HR profession was established and a competency model that forms the basis for a world-wide certification credential was created. Dr. Cohen received her Ph.D. in Management and HR and Master of Labor and HR both from Ohio State University. She is a certified HR professional with the designation SHRM-SCP. More information is at www.DebCohenLLC.com.

Carol Cross, VP Human Resources
Eastman CU, Kingsport, TN

Carol CrossIn her role, she has responsibility for the overall human capital strategy including but not limited to talent management, organizational development and training, compensation and benefits design and administration, including executive compensation and benefits, and all other facts of human resources management and compliance. Carol is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and also holds the SHRM professional certification designations.

Carol has more than 30 years of experience in the field of HR management and has led and managed the HR function for multiple organizations as well as providing consulting services for companies in varied industries.

Kristen Davidson, Training & Development Manager
Consumers CU, Kalamazoo, MI

Kristen DavidsonKristen not only focuses on adult learning practices and delivering programs that align to business metrics, but creates award winning leadership programs, drives employee engagement, develops and manages succession planning and talent development strategies.
She is on the board with Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Association (KHRMA). She also serves on the Executive Leadership board for Go Red for Women (AHA) in Kalamazoo and is deeply involved with her children’s school system and their athletics including the president of the High School Sports Boosters. In her spare time, Kristen is in school full time pursuing a degree in organizational development.

Sarah Hernholm, Founder/President
WIT-Whatever It Takes, San Diego, CA

Sarah HernholmWIT provides the only six-unit college-credit high school entrepreneur course in the country. Based in San Diego, with locations in St. Louis, Austin and New York City, the focus of WIT is to help high school teens become self-sustaining, self-advocating, leaders and entrepreneurs. Through WIT teens learn how to design and launch social enterprises while earning college credit from University of California, San Diego. In addition to running WIT, Sarah provides personal development workshops for entrepreneurs, CEOs, parents and individuals interested in breaking through limiting beliefs, developing emotional intelligence and authentic self-expression.

Sarah travels and speaks professionally on a range of topics. She is a three time TEDx speaker, contributor to Conscious Magazine and has been featured in Inc. Follow along her entrepreneurial journey on social media: snapchat + instagram + twitter @miss wit.

Scott Knapp, Managing Principal – Investment Consulting
CUNA Mutual Fiduciary Consultants, Madison, WI

Scott KnappScott is responsible for development of the firms overall investment philosophy and implementation of programs that help institutional investors meet their objectives. Scott also designs state-of-the-art portfolio strategies that provide solutions to large or complex investment challenges. He chairs the Investment Committee that approves strategy and performs due diligence on investments offered in the firms programs, and he is a member of the Capital Markets Committee that performs ongoing research on the macro economy and financial markets. Scott and his team of investment professionals enable field-based investment advisor representatives to provide high-quality advice to fiduciaries and asset owners across the country.
Scott joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1994 to serve as vice president of Marketing & Client Service for MEMBERS Capital Advisors. Prior to that, he was an advisor to institutional and high net worth investors at Shearson Lehman Hutton and Prudential Securities. Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a Master of Banking & Finance from Boston University. He holds Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) professional designations, and is FINRA securities registered.

Mark Millwood, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Director
Eastman CU, Kingsport, TN

Mark MillwoodMark is a human resources leader with extensive experience in developing and implementing programs and strategies that successfully impact and add value to the business. Throughout his HR career in varied industries he has been recognized as a dedicated, committed and hardworking leader of HR teams while effectively managing complex projects and meeting deadlines. Mark currently serves as the Director, Human Resources for ECU and serves on the Executive Committee of the CUNA Human Resources and OD Council. He has held various HR leadership roles in his career with a primary focus on talent.


Treion Muller, VP Digital Solutions
TwentyEighty, Farmington, UT

Treion MullerTreion has the responsibility to assist all of the companies business units with their unique digital needs and strategies. Before joining TwentyEighty, Treion worked at FranklinCovey for over eleven years where he served as FranklinCovey’s Chief eLearning Architect and Director of Digital Development. During his time at FranklinCovey he helped develop and launch several successful products, ranging from traditional ILT to FranklinCovey’s LiveClicks webinars, bite-size self-paced courses, and reinforcement apps. Treion has a Masters degree in Instructional Design from Utah State University with an emphasis in Blended Learning. He is the co-author of, The Learning Explosion: 9 Rules to Ignite Your VirtualClassrooms and The Webinar Manifesto. In addition to his business books he has also authored three parenting books.


Deedee Myers, PhD, MSC, PCC, CEO
DDJ Myers, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ

Deedee MyersDeedee is known for being a thought and practice leader in the field of transformative change and organizational evolution for people and organizations. Her work with boards, executive teams, and staff inspire organizations to adopt evolutionary yet pragmatic communication and behavioral practices that add sustainable and intrinsic value. Deedee is widely known for evolutionary strategic planning, deep-seated succession planning, and evolving organization talent development. She contributes to advancing leadership through frequent speaking engagements, articles, and blogs. Deedee's academic research is on transformative change, she contributed to the veterans monograph, and has twice presented her research at the International Transformative Change Conference.
Deedee earned a PhD in Human Development, a Masters in Organization Development, a masters certification in somatic coaching, plus two certified leadership coaching certifications.

Suzanne Oliver, SVP Talent & Member Development
Mountain America CU, West Jordan, UT

Suzanne OliverSuzanne is a graduate of Westminster College, and Western CUNA Management School. She started at Mountain America CU as a loan officer, and moved into the training area after discovering her passion for learning & development. Suzanne currently oversees the excellent Talent & Member Development team, and also has responsibilities for Government Affairs. MACU’s Talent Development team has been recognized as a Top 125 Company by Training Magazine multiple times and also named to the Learning Elite for excellence in their workforce training & development. Suzanne’s team also oversees Mountain America University (MAU), established in 2000 – and last reimagined in early 2016 to meet the changing needs of the credit union. Staff at all levels of the organization interact with MAU on a regular basis – it is part of c ompany culture. In the existing regulatory environment of our industry, MAU also provides evidence required staff training is completed.
Suzanne served on the Executive Committee of the HR/Training Council for nine years. She was named one of 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business Magazine and named the 2016 Professional of the Year by the CUNA HR and Organizational Develoment Council.

Angela Prestil, CUDE, Director, Business Development
Credit Union National Association, Madison, WI

Angela PrestliAngela’s responsibilities include ensuring the successful implementation of CUNA Creating Member Loyalty for better staff and member relationships, as well as managing the growth of CPD Online for credit unions nationwide. She has over 25 years experience in sales, coaching, and staff development.

Scott Sadler, Executive Coach
Creative Conflict Solutions, Salem, OR

Scott SadlerScott is living his life’s passion as a National Speaker, Executive Coach, and Facilitator. He is known to many of his clients as “The Millennial Mentor”™ helping them engage this dynamic generation in a positive and profitable way by reducing turnover and transferring institutional knowledge, while honoring all generations beliefs and ethics. Scott is well regarded for being upbeat, and authentic. He offers straight talk with compassion, challenging his clients to make the changes that create a better life in business and helping the business to thrive from those changes. Scott offers a unique perspective to his clients. His focus is on the people in the business and believes that all problems in business ultimately have a communication solution.
Scott is a trusted adviser to companies helping them deepen communication skills to “get to yes” in their daily leadership engagements. His client list includes: Dr. Marten’s, MAPS Credit Union, S.A.I.F. Corporation, Meeting Professionals International, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Kimpton Hotels to name but a few. Scott is also a Director for the Executive Coaching University, teaching Coaching skills to clients in 38 countries. “A Guide for Developing Successful Millennial Leaders” is available on Amazon.

Colleen VanDyke, Director Product Development
Omega Performance, Arlington, VA

Colleen VanDykeColleen joined Omega Performance in 2016. Continuing Omega’s digital product innovations, the team has since launched Omega’s Case Study Library, extended their digital offerings globally and expanded the use of adaptive learning within their existing products. Previously, Colleen was the VP of the Design and Development team for the Miller Heiman Group where she led the organization’s instructional designers, multi-media developers, and editors. Prior to the formation of the Miller Heiman Group, Colleen was the VP of Product Development for Huthwaite from 2005-2013. Under her leadership, the group launched the modernized SPIN Solution Suite including SPIN 2.0 and the Integrated Learning Experience, modernized faculty operations, and streamlined client customization.

Colleen also spent several years as the manager of organizational development & corporate training at the ICMA Retirement Corporation where she contributed to unprecedented sales growth. Earlier in her career, Colleen was an associate director at the American Bankers Association where she was one of the founding leaders of their custom training subsidiary. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Adult Education from the University of Delaware, and her Master of Arts in Human Resource Development at The George Washington University.

Dr. Lynn Walker, Principal
Walker Management Psychologists, Maryland Heights, MO

Dr. Lynn WalkerLynn has been in practice and served credit unions for over 36 years. He specializes in board governance, strategic planning, executive team development, organizational performance improvement, and management selection. Lynn has over 20 years of experience with the Policy Governance® approach to board governance. He has served as an Overseer for the Missouri Quality Award for the last three years and served as Team Leader and Senior Examiner for six years prior to that. He has been an editor or lead editor on numerous applications to the Baldrige National Quality Award and the Missouri Quality Award over the last 20 years.


Erin Wood, Leadership and Organization Development Consultant
ADVISA, Carmel, IN

Erin WoodADVISA is a leadership consulting firm that advises leaders on how to engage and develop their people for the long-term success of their organizations. ADVISA provides assessments, learning experiences, and customized consulting to drive business growth and create healthy work cultures. Erin brings expertise and experience in using data to help business inform people decisions and strategy. She has deep knowledge of the assessment industry, and has spent her career helping companies incorporate assessment data into solving business challenges. In her work at ADVISA, Erin focuses on addressing business challenges and improving company culture through enhancing the areas of leadership development, employee engagement, selection, succession planning, and other talent management processes. Previously, Erin served as the Manager of Talent Measurement Consulting at PAN, where she led a team of consultants focused on client-facing and R&D efforts to create and deliver talent solutions throughout the employee life-cycle.
Erin received a masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and is an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Bret C. Yaw, Attorney
FordHarrison LLC, Orlando, FL

Bret YawBret focuses his practice on the representation of employers in labor and employment law matters. This includes defending employer before federal, state, and administrative agencies against a variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under such laws as Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bret also counsels management on how to avoid/resolve employment disputes and litigation, provides a wide range of management training, and drafts and reviews employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and employment agreements. Bret currently serves on the board of directors of the Joe R. Lee branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida.