2019 Conference Speaker Bios


 Shola Richards 

Shola is a dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author of Making Work Work (#1 New Release in the Workplace Culture category on Amazon.com), a workplace positivity expert, an award-winning Director of Training & Organizational Development for an elite Top-10 U.S. Hospital, and a positivity writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other publications all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement..

As a speaker, Shola has shared his transformative message with top universities, Silicon Valley, leading healthcare organizations, the motion picture industry, and in his greatest honor to date, as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, under the Obama Administration.

Last, but certainly not least, Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.  www.SholaRichards.com


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Martie Adler

Martie Adler is the Associate Director of Talent & Organizational Development at Indiana University. An innovative organizational development and change management professional with highly proficient senior level leadership experience in all phases of operations, strategic planning, and human resource development. Recognized as a collaborative, insightful, and effective leader who can identify issues, design functional plans, and initiate, implement and manage change.

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Tim Werth

Tim Werth is currently Senior Director of Finance at Purdue University with financial responsibility over Student Life and Athletics.  Prior to this position Tim was responsible for our Transform Purdue initiative to Simplify, Streamline, Organize and Automate our financial processes and related systems

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