With more than 22 years of experience in training and development, test administration and recruitment, Melissa provides a wealth of practical knowledge at CPS HR Consulting. As a hands-on leader, she is responsible for the growth and development of the CPS HR Training and Development and Executive Recruitment divisions. Having led large-scale public sector projects for online learning initiatives, foundational supervisory training programs, leadership development and high-profile executive searches, she develops creative and valuable solutions for clients that increase organizational performance. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and is recognized as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has published numerous articles in HR publications and regularly speaks at conferences. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.
Brian Elms is the author of Peak Performance and is the former the Director of Peak Academy and Analytics for the City and County of Denver. He specializes in government innovation and process improvement with more than 15 years of experience providing management expertise to government agencies, elected officials, trade associations, and nonprofits.
“Irreverent, honest and straightforward,” Brian is nationally recognized for sparking innovation in governments throughout the country. His work has been replicated in more than a dozen governments around the country.
Brian started his career in public service after graduating from Regis University and joining the National School and Community Corps (AmeriCorps) as a team leader. He also worked for the Rendell Administration in Pennsylvania as the Policy Director for the Department of Aging. After working in Washington, D.C., for AARP as a Legislative Specialist for health and long-term care, Brian moved back to his hometown and served as the Assistant Director of Government Affairs at Denver International Airport.
Brian is a Lean Black Belt, a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Change Management Professional. In his prior role as Director of the Peak Academy, he developed curriculum, training, and consulting services that focus on employee-led performance management and continuous improvement. Since its inception in 2012, Peak Academy initiatives have saved the City and County of Denver more than $30 million and the Academy has provided training to more than 7,000 public and nonprofit professionals.
Brian joined the Change & Innovation Agency to focus on creating employee-driven innovation programs around the country. He is currently working with more than a dozen governments to launch programs and establish meaningful innovation programs that improve the lives of employees and their clients.
Dr. Steven Jones is the C.E.O. of Jones & Associates Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in diversity and organizational effectiveness consulting. The mission of Jones & Associates is to “develop leaders and human systems that counter oppression through diversity, inclusion, and organizational excellence.” Nationally known as one of "America's Top Experts on Diversity" (Diversity, Inc.), Dr. Jones’ shares his talents with the local San Diego Community in his role as President and CEO of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jones serves on the board for the San Diego Chapter for Teach for America, helping students and educators throughout San Diego County achieve academic success. He also serves on the board for LEAD San Diego, an organization dedicated to inspiring leadership through self-awareness and education. He has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal for the second year in a row as one of the top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego County.
Dynamic keynote speaker, transformational facilitator, phenomenal organization effectiveness consultant, and innovative executive have all been words used to describe Dr. Steven Jones. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Master’s in Multicultural Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is author of Journey to Excellence, a book helping people define and achieve excellence in their lives. While Dr. Jones currently serves as a National Diversity Advisor to Sempra Energy, Honda and Hyundai, he has also placed a significant amount of his focus on working with Colleges, Universities, Independent and Public Schools to further their mission of becoming more diverse and inclusive at all levels.
In the global arena, while he was studying business practices in Chang Mai, Thailand, Dr. Jones became the first person of African descent to be ordained as a Buddhist Monk at a 700 year old monastery called Wat Umong.
Dr. Jones is sought after by leaders seeking to make real change as they prepare their organizations to step into the 21st Century. He brings over 22 years experience helping individuals and institutions throughout the country move beyond talk to action.
Nick Kittle is a government performance and innovation speaker, coach, and a former Chief Innovation Officer within government. He has spent the last 13 years in government, most recently as a Chief Innovation Officer, and more than half of that time in government innovation, including founding one of the first five government innovation offices in the country and pioneeringthe concept of innovation value. During his government career, Nick has directed 13 different divisions and developed over 65 uniqueor first-of-their-kind pilot projects while directly generating $7.8 M in savings and winning 3 national awards. Nick has founded innovation offices in a conservative city and a liberal county, as well as consulted across the country with major cities like Kansas City, Austin and San Jose on government innovation, and has written extensively including pieces for the Harvard Government Innovators Network, Alliance for Innovation, and Governing Magazine.
Trish McFarlane is the CEO of H3 HR Advisors and CEO/ Co-Founder of HRevolutionize, LLP. Trish is a former HR executive, HCM product leader, and analyst with over 20 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting, PR, healthcare, manufacturing and IT. She is the author of the popular HR Ringleader blog.
Trish is the co-host of the most listened to HR industry podcast, the HR Happy Hour. She joins her co-host, Steve Boese, in episodes that focus on what is important to the HCM industry and leaders.
Trish co-founded HRevolution (http://thehrevolution.org), a conference that highlights emerging trends and the future of HR, with the goal of providing an alternative networking and learning experience for business professionals who were tired of the traditional conference model.? She also co-founded the Women of HR blog (www.womenofhr.com) in order to give a voice to practitioners who are passionate about issues affecting women in the workplace.
Vicki Quintero Brashear is a member of the senior leadership team at CPS HR Consulting. Her wide-ranging experience includes the design, development and administration of the assessment center process, primarily for public safety positions, and content validation, job analysis, standard-setting, subject matter expert panel facilitation and test development (multiple-choice written exams, structured oral interviews and practical examinations).
DDr. Tonkin is an executive in Professional Services and Software Sales with over 25 years of business and technology experience. He currently serves as Principal Consultant, Change Management and Transformation, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services. Prior to joining CSOD, Dr. Tonkin was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sales Conservatory, a company that helped sales leaders increase revenue through sales enablement, efficient and effective sales processes.
During his 19 years at Oracle, he served as the Senior Director of the Sales Performance Group in Oracle’s Global Sales Academy as well as various other leadership roles in both Sales and Consulting. In addition, Dr. Tonkin is also an Adjunct Professor at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University where he teaches Leadership in Organizations and Organizational Behavior. He also serves on the Board for Design Thinking at Rutgers University.
Dr. Tonkin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University as well as a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, with honors, with a focus on Leadership and Management from Regis University (Denver, CO). Dr. Tonkin holds multiple business certifications, and is a leadership expert. Dr. Tonkin is also an award-winning researcher and author, speaking at many popular leadership and business conferences.
He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and three children. On the weekend, you can see him playing on the worship team at church. He loves to run, cycle and spend time with family.
Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler is an expert at creating outrageously cool workplace cultures and high-performance teams. Over the past 18 years, more than 50,000 leaders from across every industry and continent have sought Kirk’s advice and wisdom on building teams, strengthening leaders and improving culture.
Years ago, Kirk helped to create a corporate culture so rich in ownership spirit, engagement and measurable results that he was invited to share his approach first nationally and then internationally. He now travels around the world sharing everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture and build super-cool cultures and high-performance teams.
His unique background as a U.S. Army Ranger, a member of the 19th Special Forces Chaplaincy, his work with At-Risk Youth and experience as a Master Storyteller & Team Builder make him a very fun, engaging and sought-after speaker. He authored the best-smelling book, The Dog Poop Initiative, and the semi–sweet best smeller, The Cookie Thief.
Kirk lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Rebecca and their six children.
Adam's leadership philosophy is simple: You can love people without leading them, but you can't lead people without loving them. The moment you help people find their purpose-driven ability and gift they can contribute both to the organization in which they work.
Adam is CEO of Purpose-Driven Leadership and founder of Adam White Speaks, organizations devoted to developing Purpose-Driven Leaders in business, non-profit, education, government, and associations. Adam has spent more than 10 years studying human behaviors, leadership behaviors, organizational cultural behaviors and what causes people to effectively live out their purpose in life, leadership and their work. Adam has a magnificent obsession with identifying, analyzing and solving problems for leaders and organizations.
Oliver Wise is the Director of Socrata Data Academy. In this role, he helps governments develop the skills, leadership strategies, and execution tactics necessary to harness of the potential of data to transform public services.
Before joining Socrata, Oliver was the founding director of the City of New Orleans Office of Performance and Accountability (OPA), the City’s first data analytics team. Launched in 2011, OPA leverages data to set goals, track performance, and get results across City government. Oliver’s work in New Orleans has been recognized with an Organizational Leadership Award from the American Society of Public Administration, Certificate of Excellence by the International City Managers Association, an Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research, Certification from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities program, and a Bright Idea award from the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He was also named to Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” list for 2015. Earlier in his career, Oliver was a policy analyst for the RAND Corporation and the Citizens Budget Commission of New York City. He is also a co-founder of the Santorini-based Atlantis Books, which National Geographic listed as the best bookshop in the world. He holds an MPA from NYU Wagner, a BA from Tufts, and lives in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans with his awesome family: Ryan, Annie, Olive, and Eamonn.