All instructors are experts in their field and have real-world, practical experience.
Susan F. Alevas, Esq., President, Alevas Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Alevas is an engaging management training consultant and a principled private attorney licensed to practice law in the states of New York and Florida. Spanning more than 25 years, her previous management career included leadership in human resources and labor relations in both the private and public sectors, in addition to serving concurrently as in-house attorney for several organizations. Ms. Alevas specializes in the areas of employee/labor relations, budgeting, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, adjudication of employee grievances, recruitment and staffing, workplace ethics, HRIS operations (including the design, testing and implementation of a customized company-wide system), performance management, staff development, succession planning, and benefits administration. Susan holds a Juris Doctoral degree from the Touro School of Law in New York and B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York.
Ricardo Alonso, is a shareholder in Littler's Caracas, Venezuela office. He focuses his practice on labor and employment law, counseling clients in collective labor negotiations, union-related procedures and labor conflicts, including negotiations, drafting and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, reorganizations, mass layoff processes, and terminations. Ricardo earned his law degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an LL.M. at Georgetown University. He is also a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. He is admitted to practice in Venezuela and Colombia, and speaks Spanish and English.
Theodore Bennett, Esq., Senior Director of Labor Relations, ARAMARK, was formerly a partner in a law firm and represented clients in labor relations, HR, and employment law. Mr. Bennet also served as a senior HR executive for several companies including the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York, Inc., responsible for HR, labor relations and related legal matters.
Jason M. Branciforte, Esq., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C, has litigated on behalf of the firm's management in connection with all types of employment and labor disputes, including wrongful discharge, defamation claims, claims based upon the NLRA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and a variety of state statutes. Mr. Branciforte also has extensive experience assisting employers with traditional labor law matters, including unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining negotiations, election campaigns, and arbitrations.
Susan W. Brecher, Esq., Director of Employee Relations, Legal, EEO and Diversity Programs in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR. She currently manages learning services in Legal, Employee Relations, and EEO, including developing, designing and facilitating programs. In addition, Ms. Brecher partners with private, public, and non-profit organizations on customized training programs. During her tenure at Cornell, Ms. Brecher served as a Director of Statewide Management Programs as well as oversight of all aspects of the EEO, Labor Relations, Human Resources, Management Development and Online Learning programs. Ms. Brecher teaches in a graduate level Human Resources Program and advises, consults, coaches, handles all aspects of employment law, employee relations, internal investigations, dispute resolution issues and mediates, facilitates and conducts fact-findings. She worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, ABC and NBC and holds a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Union College and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where she was on the Law Review.
Ashley Brown, member of Sherrard Kuzz LLP - one of Canada’s leading employment and labour law firms representing the interests of management. Ashley provides proactive and practical advice and representation to management regarding a wide range of employment, labour and human resources issues. She assists organizations of all sizes, operating in a variety of industries, unionized and non-unionized, in both the public and private sectors. Ashley regularly conducts seminars and speaks at conferences about legal issues that arise in the workplace, and teaches employment law at Conestoga College.
Keith Burkhardt, is a partner at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, one of Canada's leading employment and labour law firms representing the interests of management. Keith is a highly skilled labour lawyer whose practice is focused on representing management with respect to a variety of issues including positive employee relations, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, construction labour relations, sale or closure and responding to union organizing and applications for certification. Keith is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Keith obtained both a Juris Doctor and Master of Industrial Relations Degree from University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University.
Cassandra Caldwell, founder and chief executive officer of the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, the first comprehensive global association for professionals with diversity and inclusion responsibilities in public and private sectors. She is an internationally-renowned consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, and scholar. As an 18-year veteran and leader in the diversity and inclusion field, she has facilitated diversity and inclusion initiatives at various global, national, and local organizations including: GlaxoSmithKline, Sodexo, TNS, 4-H, NCR, The United Negro College Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, U.S. Department of Education, and eWomenNetwork. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Black Enterprise, Profiles in Diversity Journal, HBCU Connect Magazine, and The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Dr. Caldwell holds academic appointments as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, the University of Maryland, Walden University, and Capella University. In her former position, she served as an assistant professor and assistant director of the executive master of public administration program (EMPA) at the North Carolina Central University Department of Public Administration. She taught courses in leadership, public policy, principles in public management, human resources, nonprofit management, organizational theory & behavior, and research methods. Dr. Caldwell has also held academic appointments as an adjunct instructor at Duke University, Seton Hall University, the University of Houston, and Strayer University
Lauren Canzius, MIR, is a strategic Labour Relations professional with a wealth of experience in union-management relations. Lauren takes a holistic approach to consulting services by helping clients align their people strategies with their corporate objectives within the ever changing global and competitive context. Lauren specializes in HR Management, Change Management, Project Management, Labour and Employee Relations, Collective Bargaining, Talent Development, Business Development and Public Speaking. She also teaches undergraduate courses in HR and Labour Relations.
William A. Carmell, Esq., Partner Emeritus, New York Office of Ford and Harrison LLP, has 25 years of experience in employment law, including as staff counsel at Union Carbide. He has represented multinational corporations and has experience in Title VII and ADEA class actions, single-plaintiff litigation on behalf of management, reductions in force, and affirmative action law.
Linda Cavanna-Wilk, Esq., Of Counsel, New York Office of Ford and Harrison LLP, focuses her practice on employment law, representing management clients in all aspects of EEO law and administrative litigation, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge matters, sexual and other forms of harassment, FMLA, FLSA, reductions-in-force, policy and procedure development and the development of employee handbooks.
Lolita Chandler, President, The Chandler Group, Inc., an executive resource company, combines her years of experience promoting diversity and multiculturalism in education and business to offer coaching and consulting services in diversity development to business, education, and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Chandler recently served as the director of diversity for Avon Products.
Connie Chartrand, Executive Director, within Morgan Stanley Talent Development leads a global team responsible for the creation and delivery of leadership, management, professional, and financial product content. In her role, she works with HR and business leaders in creating talent development solutions that are practical, relevant, and enduring. Prior, she was the Chief Learning Officer for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She received her Doctorate in Education, with a specialization in Adult Learning, from Columbia University in 2004, where she currently is an Assistant Adjunct Professor. Connie also serves on the Board of American Society for Training and Development, an international non-profit group.
Ida K Chen, Esq., The Honorable Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Pennsylvania, became the first Asian American female to serve as a judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Formerly, she was a senior trial attorney for the EEOC and commissioner for the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Judge Chen chaired the Ethics Committee of the 21st Century Review Forum for the City of Philadelphia. Currently, Judge Chen is a member of the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness which promotes the equal application of the law for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct professor at Temple University's School of Law.
David Ciliberto, Founder, David Ciliberto Enterprises, is an independent human resources consultant with over 20 years of experience in human resources. Mr. Ciliberto focuses on diversity and inclusion, learning and development, management coaching and career transition. He has held roles at financial services firms including UBS, Credit Suisse, HSBC, The Prudential and American Express. Additionally, Mr. Ciliberto has consulted with and has done speaking engagements for ION Media, The Howard Center, VT., CUNY, Montclair State University and Jennifer Brown Consulting. In addition to his Adjunct Instructor role at Cornell ILR, he works part time at Partners International as the SVP of Client Services and Career Transition.
Robin A. Crawford, CCDP/AP, independent consultant and adjunct instructor for Cornell University ILR. Robin consults with, and teaches organizational leaders from across the US to incorporate Diversity and Inclusion in the talent management, business and change management process with the use of, business case development, communications plans, community outreach, and scorecard measurements and assessments. Robin served as the first ever Director of Diversity, EEO and Affirmative Action for WellPoint Health Networks; the second largest managed health care organization in America. While at WellPoint, she developed the company's strategic diversity management plan and executed company-wide initiatives throughout 90 offices. She was recognized with creating a successful business case, designing a diversity internet site, customizing and implementing company-wide training, diversity branding, recruiting and public relations strategy. Robin's efforts attributed to several external awards including the Catalyst Award for Managerial Women, honorable mention from DiversityInc and personal mention in Black Enterprise for the organization.
Lisa Csencsits, Associate Director in Human Capital Development at Cornell University, ILR, is responsible for the design, development and delivery of customized learning and capability development programs. Ms. Csencsits, as an Organizational Development Practitioner, leverages her experience working with large privately and publicly held companies, as well as her research and educational expertise to provide programs grounded in theory with practical solutions to enhance participant learning and professional development. Ms. Csencsits's expertise includes implementing effective, innovative and sustainable interventions to enhance organizational performance, individual and team development. Lisa's work has included establishing talent management processes for greater efficiency and results, delivering learning programs aimed at building strategic leadership, working alongside management and leaders to identify and define the necessary capabilities needed to perform effectively in their functions and creating unique career development opportunities to support both organizational needs and employee growth. Over the years, Lisa has also been actively involved in partnering to present and publish research in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Lisa holds a B.A. In Psychology from Adelphi University and a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.
Jacquelin F. Drucker, Esq., Arbitrator and Attorney at Law, Jacqueline F. Drucker, Esq., has years of experience in labor relations and employment law, having served as a management-side attorney, a union lobbyist, and in various positions at the Ohio Employment Relations Board. She authored the treatise Collective Bargaining Law in Ohio, is editor-in-chief of ADR in Employment Law, and is chair of the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section.
Dr. Timothy E. Findley, Division Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Healthcare. Dr. Findley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kentucky Minority Business Council and a founding member and treasurer of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Dr. Findley is also currently chairman of the Supplier Diversity Committee of Premier Inc. He is a board member of Louisville's Father Maloney's Boys' Haven, and former board member of the Volunteers of America, the Kentucky Industries for the Blind, and Louisville Central Community Centers. He received his doctor of education in Leadership Education from Spalding University. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Louisville, an associate degree in theology from Aenon Bible College and has an MBA from Webster University. Dr. Findley has been certified by Cornell University as a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP). This is a very prestigious designation in the area of diversity and inclusion.
Marlene A. Gold, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator of labor disputes, is currently director and chairperson of New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, serving as its chief mediator and overseeing its dispute resolution services. Formerly, Ms. Gold was deputy commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations.
Steve Gorkin, Former Vice President, Global Labor Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company, was the company's chief spokesperson in the U.S., with preparation responsibility for collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Gorkin was also responsible for overall labor strategies globally. Previously, Mr. Gorkin served as director of human resources for Dannon Company, in which he negotiated contracts with 40 different unions.
Cheryl Grana, Adjunct Faculty member at Cornell University ILR, teaches courses in presentation skills, interpersonal skills, career planning, and how to be successful. She conducts training for major corporations as well as not-for-profit and public organizations. Ms. Grana is also an instructor with RCSD/Eastman Kodak Company's Workplace Education Initiatives.
Joe E. Grasso, Associate Dean of Finance, Administration and Corporate Relations, Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has 25 years of financial and managerial experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. While working in higher education, he has served as Colgate University's Director of Budget, Institutional Research and Planning; VP of Finance and Administration at Allegheny College; Dean for Planning and Operations at the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences; VP of Administration at Washington and Lee University; and Cornell University's Associate Dean- Finance, Administration, Corporate Relations.
Shelley M. Greenwald, Esq., Principal, Shelley M. Greenwald, Esq., specializing in the field of employment practices and litigation. Ms. Greenwald advises, counsels, trains, and handles all aspects of employment law litigation. Formerly, she was in-house counsel at NBC and has appeared on CourtTV and CNBC.
Patricia Harmon, innovation consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She has conducted advanced thinking workshops for global organizations such as Estee Lauder, Goldman Sachs, Merck & Co., Motorola and New York Times. Pat helps organizations bring about change by using a comprehensive collection of techniques including Lateral Thinking™ and Green Innovation, a science of eco-sustainability, to provide deliberate methods to think innovatively. Her practice includes emotional intelligence assessment and leadership development to help companies create value.
John Herbert, Esq., Founding Partner of Ferreira & Herbert Law Group, LLC, and Of Counsel to Rivera & Colon, LLP, has for more than 30 years, has specialized in employment and labor relations law, as well as discrimination, immigration, mediation, dispute resolution, medical products liability, contracts, and general law and litigation matters. Mr. Herbert is also a court certified mediator, and has been involved with a number of mediation and arbitration matters across the country and abroad.
Laura Schachter Hertzog, Esq., is the Acting Special Counsel to the President and Dean of Faculty and Staff Relations at Hunter College, CUNY. As chief counsel for the college, she provides legal advice and support on a broad array of issues, such as litigation, employment and labor law, governance, fundraising, and contracts. Her responsibilities include working with attorneys in CUNY's Office of the General Counsel, handling employee grievances, regulatory matters, and administering and interpreting University bylaws. From 2008-2013, Ms. Hertzog was the Director of Cornell ILR's Diversity and Inclusion Management Program. Ms. Hertzog, formerly served as the Dean for Diversity and Compliance at Hunter College and as Director of Global Diversity for Credit Suisse. Ms. Hertzog earned an A.B. from Princeton University in East Asian Studies and a J.D., Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Ms. Hertzog held a federal clerkship in the Southern District of New York, and has been a member of the law faculty at Brooklyn Law School, Fordham Law School, and New York University School of Law.
Peter B. Hoffman, Esq., Former Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board, Region 34, Hartford, Connecticut, had 30 years of experience with the NLRB. In addition, he had served as field attorney, trial specialist, and deputy assistant general counsel with the NLRB.
Andrea Hough, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, ServiceMaster. At ServiceMaster, Andrea is focused on developing an end to end, full service recruiting organization whose goal is to ensure quality, timely, cost effective, and compliant hires. Prior to ServiceMaster, Andrea served as a Senior Vice President and Recruiting Manager for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, for 11 years in Charlotte, North Carolina. At Wachovia, she held multiple roles including launching an internal staffing agency supporting IT and Professional contingent workers, managing recruiting for all corporate functions of the bank and serving as a diversity practitioner. Andrea is a Graduate of Western Michigan University, a certified diversity practitioner and committed to creating an inclusive workforce.
Sean L. Huddleston, CCDP/AP, Founder, President, and CEO of The Peerless Group LLC, a Professional Management Consulting Firm specializing in Diversity & Inclusion Training, Consulting, Marketing and Communications. With almost two decades of experience, Mr. Huddleston is widely regarded as an expert in developing and implementing effective Diversity and Inclusion strategies for major organizations in a wide variety of industries.
Lisa L. Hunter, Founder, Newport Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Hunter is a seasoned consultant with extensive experience in the design and implementation of compensation programs, organizational planning and development, and human resource management. She advises clients on a broad range of issues, including total rewards strategy, executive compensation, linking compensation with business strategy, performance management, and organizational change. In addition to her work as a consultant, Ms. Hunter is the Program Director for The Conference Board's Executive Compensation Management and Compensation Councils. Prior to establishing the Newport Consulting Group, she held senior human resources management positions at Time-Warner, Simon and Schuster, and Home Box Office. Ms. Hunter serves on the ILR Dean's Advisory Council and has served both as President of the ILR Alumni Association and as a Vice Chair of the Cornell University Council. Lisa holds a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Elaine Kamm, Principal, SG Development Corporation, is a leadership development consultant with more than 20 years of executive human resources experience, specializing in leadership training, executive coaching, and succession management. Formerly, Ms. Kamm was vice president, executive development and succession planning at Beneficial Management Corporation, a Fortune 100 financial services organization.
Mitchell Karp, Esq., President of Karp Consulting Group, Inc., is a former civil rights attorney who brings nearly two decades of pioneering work to human rights issues and communications skill-building. Mr. Karp created KCG to assist private and public sector organizations (both managers and staff) improve intergroup relations, understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and develop productive work environments free of bias, harassment, and discrimination. Previously, he was a supervising attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights and founder of its training institute.
Amy Kates, Managing Partner of Kates Kesler Organization Consulting, works with leaders and their teams around the world to assess organizational issues, reshape structures and processes, and build depth of management capability. Ms. Kates is the co-author of three books on organization design, including Designing Your Organization (with Jay Galbraith) and Leading Organization Design (with Greg Kesler).
Michele Selma Kayne, Esq., Managing Member, Kayne Legal Consulting, PLLC specializes in global employment law and litigation, employee relations, investigations and training. Ms. Kayne counsels, advises, trains and manages all aspects of employment law and workplace issues. She also has significant experience in non-compete matters, wage & hour matters, discrimination matters, workplace disputes, investigations, global privacy matters, class and collective action litigation as well as arbitration and mediation. Formally, she was in-house counsel and eDiscovery counsel to MetLife, and employment counsel to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, and Seward & Kissel LLP. Ms. Kayne also is principal of Simply Selma, LLC, a health coach business focused on assisting busy professionals and attorneys reach their health and wellness goals by making small lifetime adjustments to their nutrition and lifestyle.
Greg Kesler, Managing Partner of Kates Kesler Organization Consulting, consults with corporations in organization design and executive talent management. He specializes in designing and implementing operating models and governance practices in large multi-national companies. Mr. Kesler is the co-author of the book Leading Organization Design (with Amy Kates).
Lorence L. Kessler, Esq., Practicing Attorney, specializes in employment matters, including EEO, affirmative action, and workplace harassment issues. For more than 12 years, Mr. Kessler was a partner in a law firm representing the EEAC, an association of large employers. He authored Managing Diversity in an Equal Opportunity Workplace.
Sally Klingel, Director of Labor-Management Relations Programming for the Scheinman Institute at Cornell University ILR School, is an experienced practitioner of participatory organizational change and negotiation strategies in both the public and private sectors. She specializes in the design and implementation of conflict and negotiation systems, labor-management partnerships, work redesign, strategic planning and change processes, and leadership development.
Nancy Lampen, Director of International Programs, Cornell University ILR, specializing in teaching communications and train the trainer program. Her expertise is in the design and teaching of programs in the areas of: interpersonal communication skills, crisis communication, presentation skills, listening, assertiveness, group dynamics, meeting skills, and train the trainer courses. She has over 25 years' experience in program design and teaching adults.
Ydais J. Laya, Esq., is a Venezuelan lawyer and law firm founding partner with specialized expertise in International Business Transactions and Latin American Law. She received her BA in Business Administration, Masters in Municipal Management and a J.D. from the College of Law from the University of Santa Maria, Venezuela.
Patricia Ines Leon Ramirez, is a Human Resource Specialist focused on leadership development and high productivity work teams. She has worked throughout Latin America and the United States on conflict management and negotiations. Patricia holds a Masters in Management and Administration from the Post Graduate International Center for Leadership at the UPC, Peru.
Susan T. Mackenzie, Esq., Arbitrator, Mediator, and Attorney at Law, has been a neutral fact finder of labor-management, employment, and health care disputes for more than 20 years. Ms. Mackenzie is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching employment discrimination law. She is a member of NASD's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee.
Sue Mackintosh, Chief Strategist and Managing Director at Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists Inc. Sue’s career focus has consistently been to support organizations to effectively achieve their business goals and to set and implement their "people" strategies in practical, creative and constructive ways. She specializes in Human Resource Management; Organization Development; Communication, Privacy and Ethics Governance; Project Management; Process Re- Engineering; all aspects of Employee and Labour Relations including union negotiations.
Stefan J. Marculewicz, is a recognized authority on international labor standards, Stefan Marculewicz advises multi-national corporations on issues involving national international labor standards and a variety of multinational governance and international labor standard setting organizations. He helps multi-national corporations based in the United States and abroad formulate development of global labor relations strategies, developing supply chain management systems, establishing corporate codes of social responsibility and human rights policies and negotiating international framework agreements with Global Union Federations.
Arthur T. Matthews, JD, Chief Operating Officer/Strategic Catalyst for diversityofficers.com a boutique firm specializing in divergent aspects of human resources and the workforce. He primarily lectures at NYU and Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been an advocate on both the union and management side and has served as a hearing officer. In addition he serves as a mediator and arbitrator for entities such as AAA, EEOC and FINRA.
Brian McArthur, Chief Strategist for Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists’ practice in the U.S. He has over 25 years of business experience on both the union side and management side of the table. Brian holds his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian and his M.A. (Law) from the University of Leicester (U.K.). He is an expert in negotiating fiscal and operational relief during times of economic crisis, with a huge success rate in bargaining pension reform and flexible work arrangements. Expertise includes chief negotiator / first-chair spokesperson; strategy development and implementation; costing; budgeting; forecasting; arbitration preparation; mediation; grievance management, unfair labor practice defense and advocacy; union strategy and informed choice policy development. Brian is recognized by the Negotiation Institute and the Conference Board of Canada as one of North America's top labour negotiators and labour relations experts.
Dan McCray, Esq., Director of Labor Relations Programs and Deputy Director, Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, develops and administers Conflict Resolution, Labor Relations and Municipal Recovery programs at Cornell ILR School and the Scheinman Institute in New York City. Mr. McCray practiced Labor, Education and Municipal Law for 15 years in New York City, Nassau County and the District of Columbia, and served as Director of Labor Relations for DC Public Schools, Nassau County, and the New York City Department of Education.
William J.Milani, Esq., Partner, Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C., heads the firm's International Employment Law group and is a Vice-Chairman of the firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Milani is actively engaged in the private practice of labor and employment law exclusively on behalf of multinational and domestic corporations, with particular experience representing clients in the financial services industry. Mr. Milani has counseled foreign multinational clients doing business in the U.S. on the unique labor and employment law issues they face.
Bruce R. Millman, Esq., Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C., has more than 35 years of experience counseling private and public sector employers on business and personnel strategies. private- and public-sector employers on strategies involving personnel policies and their application; disciplinary decisions, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination issues; the labor and employment aspects of mergers, business sales, reorganizations and acquisitions; collective bargaining and other union matters; sexual harassment and other forms of harassment; and wage and hour compliance and compensation issues. In addition to counseling clients, he regularly represents clients at the collective bargaining table, in arbitration, and in administrative agency and court litigation.
Gene L. Moncrief, Managing Director, Moncrief & Associates, has been involved in executive development for more than twenty years in the capacity of coach, consultant, and workshop leader. Moncrief & Associates specializing in interpersonal relations consulting and training. Ms. Moncrief focuses on communication skills, team development and maintenance, assertiveness training, and executive coaching. Formerly, she held a senior position with American Express and was director of corporate programs for Pace University.
Niza M. Motola, advises multinational and domestic companies and organizations in a wide range of industries on employment related matters. Her practice includes global employment counseling, management training, complex litigation, and Spanish language services. Niza counsels global employers in a broad range of multi-jurisdictional issues, including the impact of U. S. employment and labor laws, extraterritorial effect of domestic employment laws on cross-border projects, international employee transfers. Niza provides integrated multi-jurisdictional advice on how to manage international employment challenges in an increasingly global workforce.
Shirley Munoz, Ed.D., President, SMH, is a cross-cultural communications consultant specializing in planning, training, and research to address technical and human needs created by change in organizations. Dr. Muñoz consults in diversity areas and helps organizations build inclusive work environments. She also advises clients on handling complaints and resolving conflict. She has extensive experience conducting management and employee training programs.
Robert J. Nobile, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, specializing in labor/employment law. Mr. Nobile has 15 years of experience as an employment lawyer and 10 years as an HR professional. He authored the Guide to Employee Handbooks; The HR Guide; Essential Facts of Employment; and Guide to Corporate HR Policies/Procedures Manuals.
Debra Osofsky, Consultant in Organizational Structure and Policy is a Skilled Chief Negotiator in leading teams of all sizes or negotiating solo, with one party or many, in structured and unstructured scenarios. Ms. Osofsky has demonstrated success in formulating and implementing policy, building consensus among varied stakeholders and negotiating complex agreement within a variety of organizations. Her specialties include Complex Negotiations, Contract Analysis, , Training, Advocacy, Executive Leadership, Membership Development, Policy Development and Implementation, Team-Building and Management, Staff Supervision, Problem-solving, and Change Leadership
Morgan L. Pape, consultant in labor employment and EEO areas. Formerly, he was director, labor relations, ITT Industries Corp., where he negotiated collective bargaining agreements in the manufacturing, automotive, electrical, defense, insurance, and hotel industries. He has developed strategies and supervised labor negotiations with many bargaining units.
Paula Parnagian, President and Founder, World View Services, has over 30 years' experience in training, consulting, and international operations and has lived, travelled, and worked extensively with organizations throughout the world. Her company is an organizational consulting firm specializing in diversity, conflict management, and strategic change. She is also president of Citizens for Public Schools, has been a co-creator and executive of numerous professional and civic boards, and is a diversity and inclusion expert for Northeast Human Resources Association's Ask the HR Expert column on Boston.com.
Robert Pearson, Vice President, Human Resources, Sabre Industries, Inc, has held senior human resource positions at Princeton University, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, General Motors, and Saturn Corporation. His responsibilities included employee/labor relations and negotiations with five staff unions at Princeton, and with the UAW, Machinists and Teamsters unions, where he served as management's chief spokesman.
William P. Perkins, Esq., Partner, Seyfarth, Shaw LLP, specializing in labor/employment law, advises clients on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including all forms of discrimination and harassment claims, reductions-in-force, wage and hour claims, contract negotiations, affirmative action plan design and compliance review defense, executive employment contracts, FMLA issues, day-to-day advice and counsel as well as human resources policies. Previously, Mr. Perkins was in-house labor counsel at NBC and subsequently at ABC before returning to private practice. He is the co-author of Guide to Employee Recruitment and Hiring.
Andrea S. Rattner, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, is the chair of the firm's tax department, where she practices in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation law. Ms. Rattner practices in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation law. She co-authored A Guide to Complying with ERISA and 404(c) and has taught benefits law courses at Fordham University Law School.
Janet Rizzuto, Director of Human Resource Programs at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), oversees the design and development Cornell's professional HR education initiatives in various industries. Ms. Rizzuto's expertise in professional education, innovation, and building a culture of learning is supported by her twenty plus years of progressive, corporate experience in organizational effectiveness, learning and development, and research. She has held positions of Senior Director, Group Leader of US Learning and Development, Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Consulting and Director of Medical Operations at Pfizer, Inc. While at Pfizer, Ms. Rizzuto launched the organization's first learning and development function, which focused on building leadership development, change management, and personal effectiveness. She also has a wide range of non-profit management consulting experience. Janet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Marymount Manhattan College, and a Master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Donald W. Savelson, Esq., Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, handles a wide variety of labor and employment matters for the firm, including WARN, NLRA wage/hour, unemployment, ADA, FMLA, workers compensation, and occupational safety and health matters. He regularly litigates before government agencies and in the courts and has been actively involved in litigating numerous complex OSHA cases. He has written and lectured widely for almost twenty years and co-authored the first law book on OSHA in 1976, entitled Occupational Safety and Health Law and Practice. Formerly, he was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.
Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., Arbitrator, Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., has decided more than 10,000 cases in his 20 years as an arbitrator in the private sector in health care, broadcasting, retail, transportation, manufacturing, and wholesale industries. He also has extensive experience in the municipal and education sectors. He is author of Evidence and Proof in Arbitration.
Patricia Sclafani, Consultant. Ms. Sclafani is a dynamic, results-oriented professional with 25 years of HR leadership in large consumer products, manufacturing, specialty chemicals, aerospace, and engineering companies, with extensive domestic and international experience. Her work experience spans several 'Global 500' businesses such as Diageo, Honeywell/ Int'l AlliedSignal Inc. and Asea Brown Boveri Inc./ABB. She has held many positions in HR including both staff and line business partner roles, specialty/functional roles (comp, benefits, exec comp, etc), and global head of HR roles at the plant, field, and corporate levels. She excels when working in customer-centric businesses to asses, develop, and coach line managers and executives to increase their personal leadership impact. Patricia holds a Master's degree in HR Management from the University of Bridgeport.
Hugh Secord, Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists, is a Human Resource Management and Labour Relations Consultant practicing throughout Canada. He holds the CHRP and SHRP designations. His experience spans over twenty-nine years in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations in virtually every industrial sector. He specializes in HRM and Labour Relations strategy, change management, collective bargaining, conflict/dispute resolution, labour arbitration, employment and labour law, communications, M&A, and cultural transformations.
Jeremy Shapiro, Executive Director, HR Data and Insight within Morgan Stanley's Human Resources team, works to leverage human capital data into actionable management insights. Mr. Shapiro writes and speaks on human capital analytics topics, including co-authoring Harvard Business Review's October, 2010 cover article, "Competing on Talent Analytics" and the book Ultimate Performance, (Wiley 2007) which discusses how to convert HR data into management action.
Terrence Simmons, CEO, leads Simmons Associates of New Hope, PA, and Bristol, UK, diversity consultants to many Fortune 100 firms. Formally an HR director at Squibb Corporation and officer at Morgan Guaranty, Simmons has been recognized by the Diversity Journal and SHRM as one of diversity's top thought leaders.
Hena Singh, an employment lawyer and workplace investigator who assists with workplace issues of all types. She is the managing partner of Hena Singh Law. She has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for a variety of clients – in the public and private sectors, for both provincially and federally regulated organizations. Hena is a Certified Workplace Investigator and a Certified Compliance Officer. She is recognized by her clients and colleagues as effective in her use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and negotiation skills to explore options, which often negate the necessity or reduce the risk of litigation. She holds Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Co-author of A Practical Guide to the Law of Termination in Ontario and a frequent presenter on various employment law, human rights and workplace investigation issues, Hena is also recognized for finding practical and tailored solutions to workplace issues. She is able to understand and apply legal nuances critical to ensuring that the various angles of a particular issue are considered.
Peter M. Stein, Esq., Partner, Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C., is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment practice and represents both national and regional employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Prior to joining EBG, Mr. Stein served as in-house labor counsel to U.S. Industries, Inc., and as Associate General Counsel to Health Industries, Inc. Mr. Stein regularly lectures on a variety of human resources topics.
Andrea M Basile Terrillion, Esq., Employee and Labor Relations Consultant, served as Director of the Labor Relations Department for both Cornell and Yale University. Focusing on simulation-based education for industry professionals, Ms. Terrillion translated her legal practice in labor relations, equal opportunity, civil rights, and grievance handling for the classroom, educating more than 300 executive educators through Cornell's ILR certificate program. She additionally has spearheaded the development and implementation of "train-the-trainer" programs for major hospitality and oil industry employers, resulting in comprehensive, transferable labor relations education for thousands of supervisors and managers. A published author of both e-Cornell courses and numerous HR and Law related periodicals, she is a staple lecturer on workplace and labor management issues throughout the United States. Ms. Terrillion graduated cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and she is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section.
Juan Carlos Varela, is an international attorney licensed and admitted to practice before the courts in Venezuela. He is a labor law professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Juan Carlos focuses his practice on representing and advising global clients on matters throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in virtually all matters related to labor and employment law. He is the office managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Venezuela offices in Caracas and Valencia and serves on the firm's board of directors.
Michael Wittenberg, Labor Relations Consultant, has 30 years of experience in all aspects of labor relations. He represents Westchester County (New York) and other municipalities in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. Formerly, Mr. Wittenberg was the Director of Labor Relations for Westchester Country. Mr. Wittenberg is a member of the Board of Advisors at Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.
Susan Woods, Managing Partner, Henderson Woods, LLC, specializes in facilitation, learning and consulting for diversity and inclusion, collaborative conflict resolution and services to support labor-management relations. Ms. Woods participates on the Expert Forum of the Workforce Diversity Network. The major portion of her professional career was spent at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she was Senior Extension Faculty focused on practitioner education for the workplace.