Speakers

Panel Moderator:
Yemi Akande-Bartsch, PhD
President and CEO, Focus St. Louis

Dr. Akande-Bartsch has more than 15 years of experience in designing and facilitating leadership training, development, and coaching programs. She has served as vice president of leadership and alumni programs for FOCUS St. Louis, senior director of civic education for the Cleveland Leadership Center, and program director for the Cleveland Executive Fellowship. She holds a doctorate in communication as well as two master’s degrees (human relations and organizational development; public relations, journalism, and mass communications) from the University of Oklahoma.

Panelists:
Jennifer Fickeler, PhD
Vice President, Regional Master Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison

Jennifer Fickeler is an innovative and dynamic organizational psychologist with expertise in organizational development and human resources in Fortune 50 companies, firm partnerships, and her own consulting practice. Her background includes designing, implementing, and managing best-in-class corporate programs in areas such as implementing large-scale measurement systems, mentoring, recruiting, change management, career development, training strategy and design, and fostering innovation in companies. In addition to her role at Lee Hecht Harrison, Fickeler is also the director of the Human Resources Management Program at University College.

Mandy Greeno
Director of HR Strategy, Nestlé Purina North America

Since 2009, Mandy Greeno has worked in human resources for Nestlé Purina North America, an $8.4 billion company with more than 11,000 employees in the United States, Canada and Latin America, where she has served as a human resources manager and director of HR strategy. Greeno’s previous experience includes human resources positions at Bobcat of St. Louis and the Adam’s Mark Hotel. She holds a Master of Arts in human resource management/personnel administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Andrew Knight, PhD
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Washington University’s Olin Business School

Andrew Knight is an award-winning researcher who studies people’s relationships in the workplace, especially when working in small groups and teams. Prior to joining Olin Business School in 2010, Professor Knight was a founding member of a healthcare analytics firm, leading its research and development function. He is a faculty fellow for the Institute of School Partnership and a faculty scholar for the Institute of Public Health. In addition to various teaching honors and awards from academic journals, in 2016 he received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from Washington University. He holds a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Blake Marggraff
CEO, Epharmix

Blake Marggraff graduated from Washington University in May, 2015 and founded the digital health company Epharmix, based on research around chronic disease management for medically underserved patient populations. Epharmix has demonstrated meaning clinical outcomes for several major chronic conditions and has received recognition including the WUSTL Global Impact Award in 2016. Prior to founding Epharmix, Blake co-founded the education technology company Betabox Labs, scaling to dozens of universities across the U.S. Blake’s passion for both technology and research originated during his work in nuclear medicine, one part of which was awarded the top prize at Intel’s 2011 International Science and Engineering Fair.

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