2013 October Power Breakfast
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Best Practices from Best Employers on Combatting Historical Lows in Employee Engagement
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 7:00am - 9:00am | Mercer University - Atlanta Campus

The research clearly demonstrates that engagement is high when employees feel cared about, understand how they can succeed and advance in the organization, and leadership is engaged and inspiring. There is also a clear link between engaged employees and financial results. Bottom line: a disengaged workforce is less productive than an engaged workforce. Unfortunately, if you look at current engagement data in the United States, you’ll see that workers are less engaged than ever. This is likely due to the fact that organizations still face significant cost pressures, and traditional tools to impact engagement  (e.g., benefits, leadership development, and advancement opportunities) are often very expensive. Something has to be done. Join us to learn what Atlanta’s best companies are doing to ensure an engaged workforce that is ready and able to achieve strategic objectives and financial results. 

Moderator: Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant, Human Capital Group
-Andy May, Chief People Officer, Wells Real Estate Funds
-Brent Shadix, EVP Human Resources, WIKA
-Carol Waddy, Organizational Effectiveness, Chick-fil-A


Diane Fennig brings more than 25 years of career development and management experience, working in association with universities and higher education systems to a new Executive Search endeavor. In 2009, she joined The Human Capital Group to incorporate her network with her keen sense of talent search and development for a new consulting role in Executive Search. Diane clearly understands the importance of fit and match in the hiring equation. She is also committed to establishing a success trajectory for new hires with a solid on-boarding process as a foundation for employee retention. Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/ Secondary Education from Marquette University and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Diane is also a graduate of the Relationship Masters Academy and continues to serve as an Ambassador in the myGreenlight Program. This program, designed by Keith Ferrazzi bestselling author of the books, Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got My Back, has become a best practice in Relationship Management.

Andy May has over 25 years' experience as a Human Resources professional within the financial services sector. He is currently the Chief People Officer at Wells Real Estate Funds where he has spent the last 11 years. Andy joined Wells in May 2002 as the Director of Recruiting where he led the staffing effort from 260 employees to 620 in 18 months.  In 2004, he became Wells' Vice President of Human Resources where he took over the  additional responsibilities of benefits administration and plan design. In October 2011, Andy was promoted to the Chief People Officer. His most recent efforts have been focused around the successful wind down of the company through a series of spin offs and structured layoffs as Wells exits the non-traded REIT industry. Prior to joining Wells, Andy spent 10 years at Northern Trust Retirement Consulting as the Director of Human Resources where he oversaw a similar high growth environment. Andy grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Management. In 2007 he obtained the SPHR designation and was a Turknett Leadership Award nominee in the Executive/Manager category.

Brent Shadix joined WIKA Instrument, LP (WIKA) in March 2007 as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. As the Executive Vice President, Shadix is responsible for implementing strategic human resource initiatives that will drive business success. He is directly involved with program providers, employee relations, short and long term growth planning and setting policies within WIKA management. Shadix strives to provide and create an enjoyable work environment through training, professional development to promote career growth opportunities. By providing these opportunities for employees to personally succeed, WIKA realizes a productive and dedicated workforce which brings stability, growth and overall success in the way which the company serves its business partners and customers. Prior to joining WIKA, Shadix worked for 25 years in human resources management. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resources Development from DePaul University in Chicago. Shadix reports directly to Michael Gerster, President, WIKA Instrument, LP and serves on the Steering Committee.

Carol Waddy is an Organizational Effectiveness Leader and management consultant with Chick-fil-A, Inc., where she develops and executes people strategies and leads the development and implementation of human resources initiatives and processes for corporate staff. Carol joined Chick-fil-A in October 2012 and has more than 15 years of human resources and learning and development leadership experience. She has served in HR and organizational effectiveness management roles for various organizations, including GE Capital, Acuity Brands, Inc. and Aquilex Corporation, a global energy and nuclear services provider.  A native of South Carolina, Carol received her B.A. in English and Communications from Tuskegee University and holds a MPA in Human Resources and Management from Clark Atlanta University.  She is a Six Sigma Greenbelt and has also completed post graduate studies at Georgia State University.


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