2013 August Power Breakfast
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The Powerful Impact of Organizational Culture
Tuesday, August 20, 2013  | 7:00am - 9:00am | Mercer University - Atlanta Campus

Is your organizational culture one that supports or hinders your business strategy? Does your culture facilitate innovation, tradition, or an entrepreneurial spirit? Every organizational culture has a powerful influence on employee behavior and can give your organization a powerful edge. However, it’s essential to ensure that your culture supports your organization’s strategy. Many cultures evolve organically, but through well-designed talent management systems and recognition programs to reinforce the organization’s values and goals, HR plays a role in shaping organizational culture. Join us for the August Power Breakfast to learn about how some of Atlanta’s finest organizations ensure strong, strategically aligned cultures.

Moderator: Nancy Vepraskas, President, P2Excellence
-Tim Gardner, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Kimberly-Clark
-Michele Golden, VP Talent Development, Turner 

-Tom Spahr, VP Learning, The Home Depot
-Gary Ulicny, President and CEO, Shepherd Center

Nancy Vepraskas, an operationally minded, strategic Human Resources executive leader, consistently creates sustainable business success by focusing on the people side of business. Currently, she is the President of P2Excellence, which serves clients in the areas of Business HR Strategy, Organizational Change and Effectiveness, Performance and Leadership Coaching, HR Programs and Processes, and Project and Interim Staffing. As President, she takes a holistic approach to business, creating synergy between operating functions and human resources resulting in stronger teams, better bottom line results and sustainable growth. Nancy began her career in education and later moved into operations where she had the opportunity to exploit my talent for improving operational efficiencies. Both roles encouraged my passion for exploring options, solution building, and process development. After this, she moved in Human Resources, where she leveraged her ability to create strategic alignment in the workplace and to move business plans from the idea stage to reality. 

Tim Gardner is Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. After beginning his career in engineering and maintenance roles, Tim moved into operations and training. Based on those experiences, Tim led the development of the team design, staffing and employee development for the start-up of K-C’s Advanced Concept Facility in Owensboro, Kentucky, and the re-design of the work system in the more traditional Mobile, Alabama facility. Currently, he supports corporate business and function leaders in the design and effectiveness of their leadership teams and in change management efforts. Tim is also an HR blogger at The HR Introvert.

Michele Golden serves as the Vice President of Talent Management at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Her current role focuses on creating a comprehensive and integrated talent management strategy, part of which involves leading and driving Turner’s Diversity Management efforts. She has a BA in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA in Human Resources and Accounting from Vanderbilt University. She has been featured in Talent Management Magazine, Diversity Inc., Atlanta Woman Magazine, and Business Week.  

Thomas Spahr joined The Home Depot in February 2000 and is currently Vice President of Learning and HR Vice President for Information Technology. He has responsibility for the design and delivery of the company’s training and development programs. This includes store associate operations, systems, customer service, and product knowledge training as well as leadership training for managers. In addition, he has HR generalist responsibility for the Information Technology department, with 1,500 associates in the Store Support Center and in the field.

Dr. Gary Ulicny has been involved in medical administration for over 20 years. Since 1994, he has served as the President and CEO of Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a 152-bed hospital that specializes in the treatment of persons with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and other neuromuscular disorders. During Dr. Ulicny’s tenure, Shepherd Center has for 10 years been ranked in US News & World Report as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, been presented with the Edward Loveland Award for Distinguished Contributions in Healthcare by the American College of Physicians, selected as the Hospital of The Year by the Georgia Alliance of Hospitals, and named one of Atlanta’s Best Employers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Atlanta magazine. He received his Ph.D. in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas in 1986. He is published extensively in the area of rehabilitation and has held adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and in the Department of Human Development at the University of Kansas.