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

 <return to top>

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.

<return to top>

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

<return to top>

Discussion Panel: Dan Young, Stephanie Lanke, Rich Michal, Jay Gottdenker

Dan Young is the Chief Data Architect at Indiana University with over 20 years of experience in data technologies.  In his current role, Dan is responsible for both the technical architecture and management of the Business Intelligence team charged with the implementation of the university's "Decision Support Initiative". Chartered in 2015, the initiative re-envisions the enterprise approach to analytics leveraging Agile and DevOps principles.   A member of various "customer advisory boards" for industry vended software suites and past president of the VMware Special Interest Group of the IOUG, Dan is a frequent conference speaker, discussing the realities and impacts of virtualized data, business intelligence and database architectures. 


Stephanie Lanke joined Rose-Hulman as the Controller in January of 2016.  Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, Stephanie spent 10 years at Wolters Kluwer as an auditing software consultant, where she later joined the Company’s Product Management Team.  Additionally, Stephanie has 10 years of experience in public accounting, where she worked for several regional and national CPA firms where she worked in a variety of industries. Stephanie is a Terre Haute native with a degree in Accounting from Indiana State University.  She is also a CPA and a CFE with memberships in both the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.  Stephanie currently resides in Terre Haute with her husband, Kevin, who also works for Rose-Hulman. 

Richard Michal joined the Purdue Research Foundation in February of 2018 and serves as the Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer. He is responsible for the Foundation’s five research parks, $46 million in residential real estate and the development of the University’s 400-acre Discovery Park District - a $1.2 billion mixed-use comprehensive redevelopment of the west end of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Prior to joining PRF Rich was the AVP of Facilities at Butler University, where he was responsible for $300 million of capital projects and oversaw approximately 300 acres of grounds, over 2.1 million square feet of buildings and a staff of 115 employees. Rich has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in construction management engineering, a master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Rich is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has 30 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, land development, consulting, sustainability and teaching.

Jay Gottdenker has served as the Director of Procurement Systems over the past 8 years, Jay has been of strategic importance to the success of the Office of Procurement Services.  The Director of Procurement Systems is responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of Indiana University’s purchasing and travel information systems and the surrounding analytics.  In addition to his systems responsibilities, Jay has managed IU’s supplier onboarding process and, most recently, the various card programs including the Pcard, Virtual Pay Card, Ghost Cards, Meeting cards and a soon to be implemented Travel Card.  Additionally, Jay has taken on a broader role serving as the Director of Business and Market Intelligence in addition to the Director of Procurement Systems.  In this expanded role, Jay services a critical role of supporting the Strategic Sourcing projects by working with the Strategic Sourcing Managers to develop business cases, identify business analytics and look at marketplace intelligence to support the future contractual development and decisions.

<return to top>