Liesel Mertes is an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event. As the Founder of Handle With Care, Liesel works with groups that want to boost employee satisfaction as well as attract and retain better talent.
Liesel’s favorite clients are forward-thinking organizations who know the value in supporting their employees with empathy and compassion. Her expertise is broad—loss, returning to work, a diagnosis, relationship transitions, how empathy impacts the brain— and no disruption is considered less significant. On these topics, Liesel is a dedicated speaker, writer, consultant, and host of the Handle With Care podcast.
Joseph Santana is Chairman of CDO PowerCircle a Board that tracks DEI Trends and explains how to avoid upcoming obstacles and pounce on emerging opportunities. He is also Creator and Host of the ERG PowerTalk podcast. Joe is a prolific writer of feature articles published by Chief Executive Magazine, CDO Executive magazine, Insight Into Diversity, as other as a number of other well-known publications. He is also often quoted in articles and books by other authors including Tom Friedman's best-seller The World is Flat. His latest book is Supercharge Your ERGs.
Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed leadership trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing her own career “pivot point,” she developed a process for women leaders build winning plans. Promoting gender equality in the workplace, Julie is a frequent keynote speaker and executive coach.
Bridgett is an award-winning international professional speaker, presentation skills coach, and a published author who has designed and delivered hundreds of high-impact webinars, keynote addresses, and workshops to thousands of professionals all around the globe.
Olivier J-P Kpognon is an international lifestyle "documenteur" and founder of O & Co. Media, a full-service photography, film and design studio launched in 2003. He has a formidable reputation among both his peers and clients for his exceptional creativity, talent and professionalism.