Melissa Daley
Personal Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
President
Orca Intelligence
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Melissa Daley is an accomplished Systems Engineer and Systems Analyst, wielding a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems from Hampton University and a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship from the esteemed University of Maryland. Her professional journey spans illustrious roles as a consultant, collaborating with distinguished entities like Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, and notable institutions including the State of Georgia Department of Human Resources, NGP VAN, DMI, and ICF.

In 2007, Melissa Daley embarked on a visionary journey, giving rise to iT Gets Better—a trailblazing 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Her mission: to empower and uplift young minds by bridging the digital divide through transformative Information Technology (IT) workshops and insightful consulting services. Melissa's brainchild swiftly evolved into a beacon of computer literacy for underrepresented communities.

Within a mere three months, iT Gets Better blossomed, becoming a nurturing hub for over 50 students throughout the Atlanta Metro Area. This rapid growth was a testament to Melissa's unwavering commitment and the pressing need she addressed.

The tumultuous tides of the 2009 recession presented challenges, prompting the sale of iT Gets Better's website to a fellow non-profit organization in 2010. Undeterred, Melissa Daley's resilience and expertise persevered.

In 2014, Melissa Daley founded Orca Intelligence, a minority, woman-owned organization that is a true reflection of intentionality, cultural awareness, and empowerment. Under Melissa's visionary leadership, Orca Intelligence has grown beyond a mere business entity to become a hub of digital innovation. The company is renowned for its impactful contributions in various sectors, including education, health administration, labor, and real estate. Melissa brings over two decades of rich experience in Information Technology to Orca Intelligence. Her deep knowledge and innovative approach have been instrumental in establishing the company. Orca Intelligence, since its inception, has been at the forefront of revolutionizing how software requirements are captured, analyzed, and managed. This breakthrough reflects Melissa's commitment to innovation and her deep understanding of the industry's needs.

Building upon this legacy of innovation, Melissa's 2021 brainchild, Swiftly, emerged—a cutting-edge AI solution poised to revolutionize the efficiency of the Software Development process, reaffirming her position at the vanguard of technological progress.

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, Melissa Daley remains an inspirational figure, ceaselessly driving positive change through her groundbreaking ventures and unyielding dedication to propelling IT accessibility and efficiency forward.

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Nichol Bradford
Executive-in-Residence for AI + HI
SHRM
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Nichol Bradford stands at the forefront of human potential and AI, accelerating human transformation through technology investments, research, and global thought leadership.   

Currently, Nichol serves as Executive-in-Residence for AI + HI at The Society for Human Resource Management, shaping global thinking on human-AI collaboration. She is also Co-Founder and Partner of Niremia Collective, an early stage venture fund focused on human potential technologies, and she co-founded Transformative Tech.org, the largest global ecosystem of founders, investors and innovators building tech for human flourishing. 

 Previously, as a senior interactive entertainment executive, Nichol held strategy, operations, marketing and production roles at major brands including Epic Games, Activision-Blizzard, Vivendi Games and Disney. She led operations for World of Warcraft China and Blizzard properties in China, played a key role on the Vivendi team responsible for the landmark $18B Activision-Blizzard merger deal, and helped produce record-breaking events in the metaverse at Epic Games. 

Nichol has an MBA from The Wharton School, is Faculty at Singularity University, a Trustee at CIIS, and has been a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.  

Moving forward, Nichol is focused on advancing human potential through ethical and empowering AI -- catalyzing a global ecosystem of innovators to create technology for human thriving. 

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 "My life mission is to empower human potential. SHRM as the leading source of insight for HR professionals will play a critical role in driving human readiness for an AI world. Together, we are creating an AI+HI enablement path that will help transform work, workers and workplace at scale." 

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Jim Reidy, Esq.
Shareholder
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
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Attorney James P. (“Jim”) Reidy is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA in Manchester, NH where he is the chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  He earned his B.A. from Assumption College in 1980, his M.P.A. from Northeastern University, and his J.D. , cum laude, from New England School of Law in 1989. He has extensive experience handling matters before the NH Department of Labor, the NH Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Jim is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the NHBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Jim is the Manchester (NH) Area Human Resource Association V.P. of Legal and Legislative Affairs, former Legislative Affairs V.P. for the NH State (HR) Council, member of the NH Business and Industry Association (BIA), chair of the NH High Tech Council’s HR Exchange, moderator of NHLABORNET, and the editor of the ECN publication, The New England Employment Law Newsletter. Jim writes, lectures, and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He has been a media resource on workplace law for media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Business Magazine, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, The Associated Press, NPR Market Place, Buzz Feed, Law 360, Inc. Magazine, The HR Power Hour, HR Breakroom, SKI Magazine and HR Magazine as well as several local publications. In 2020 Jim was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Chambers USA and New England Super Lawyers have ranked Jim in the Top Tier of management side employment lawyers for several years. Best Lawyers USA named Jim the 2022 Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Law (Manchester) and the NH Business Review named him one of the top 200 most influential business leaders in New Hampshire. He is also a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau. For several years Jim has been a presenter on various labor and employment topics at SHRM’s DC and Annual conferences.

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Jim Reidy, Esq.
Shareholder
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
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Attorney James P. (“Jim”) Reidy is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA in Manchester, NH where he is the chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  He earned his B.A. from Assumption College in 1980, his M.P.A. from Northeastern University, and his J.D. , cum laude, from New England School of Law in 1989. He has extensive experience handling matters before the NH Department of Labor, the NH Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Jim is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the NHBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Jim is the Manchester (NH) Area Human Resource Association V.P. of Legal and Legislative Affairs, former Legislative Affairs V.P. for the NH State (HR) Council, member of the NH Business and Industry Association (BIA), chair of the NH High Tech Council’s HR Exchange, moderator of NHLABORNET, and the editor of the ECN publication, The New England Employment Law Newsletter. Jim writes, lectures, and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He has been a media resource on workplace law for media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Business Magazine, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, The Associated Press, NPR Market Place, Buzz Feed, Law 360, Inc. Magazine, The HR Power Hour, HR Breakroom, SKI Magazine and HR Magazine as well as several local publications. In 2020 Jim was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Chambers USA and New England Super Lawyers have ranked Jim in the Top Tier of management side employment lawyers for several years. Best Lawyers USA named Jim the 2022 Lawyer of the Year for Labor and Employment Law (Manchester) and the NH Business Review named him one of the top 200 most influential business leaders in New Hampshire. He is also a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau. For several years Jim has been a presenter on various labor and employment topics at SHRM’s DC and Annual conferences.

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Edie Goldberg, PhD
Founder & President
E. L. Goldberg & Associates
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Edie Goldberg, Ph.D. is the President of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in California. She is a nationally recognized expert in talent management and the future of work.  Her practice focuses on designing HR strategies to attract, engage, develop, and retain employees. Prior to starting her own firm, she was a Global Thought Leader in the Human Capital Practice at Towers Perrin.  Edie is the co-author of The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (University of Albany, SUNY).  She is the Chair of the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors.

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William David Wright
Partner
Fisher & Phillips LLP
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William D. Wight is a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices and is the chair of the firm's International Employment Practice Group.  He counsels employers on various global employment, compensation and benefit issues related to employees abroad, as well as foreign nationals working in the U.S. and the employment of the U.S. permanent residents and citizens abroad.  Bill has worked with compliance issues related to hiring, retention and separation of employees in a multitude of jurisdictions.  His experience with global employment issues has helped him assist our clients with international operations on all sevel continents including Antarctica.  Bill has assisted clients with the implementation of strategic planning and policy development with respect to global HR practices and policies.  He has also assisted clients with the management of litigation and employment controversy matters in numerous international jurisdictions.  Bill has also counseled clients based outside the United States with the special considerations that are required when complying with U.S. employment and employee benefit rules and regulations. Bill is regularly involved with resolving questions related to privacy and data protection issues.  

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William David Wright
Partner
Fisher & Phillips LLP
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William D. Wight is a partner in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices and is the chair of the firm's International Employment Practice Group.  He counsels employers on various global employment, compensation and benefit issues related to employees abroad, as well as foreign nationals working in the U.S. and the employment of the U.S. permanent residents and citizens abroad.  Bill has worked with compliance issues related to hiring, retention and separation of employees in a multitude of jurisdictions.  His experience with global employment issues has helped him assist our clients with international operations on all sevel continents including Antarctica.  Bill has assisted clients with the implementation of strategic planning and policy development with respect to global HR practices and policies.  He has also assisted clients with the management of litigation and employment controversy matters in numerous international jurisdictions.  Bill has also counseled clients based outside the United States with the special considerations that are required when complying with U.S. employment and employee benefit rules and regulations. Bill is regularly involved with resolving questions related to privacy and data protection issues.  

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Matt Summers
Global Head of Culture and Leadership
NeuroLeadership Institute
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Matt Summers is the Global Vice President of Leadership at the NeuroLeadership Institute. Matt has twenty years of organizational transformation, culture change, and leadership consulting experience. He has worked extensively across multiple industries. His work spans across the continents of North America, South America, Canada, Europe, and Africa. Matt’s expertise lies in partnering with CEO’s and senior leaders from organizations such as NASA, Aerospace, The Federal Government of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, T-Mobile, World Bank, and Microsoft. Matt is also a lecturer at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches the Neurosciences of Business Management to fourth year business students. He is a strong advocate for applying the science in a practical manner to support organizational habit adoption and culture change.

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Michael Pilnick
CHRO
First Advantage
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Michael Pilnick is a results-focused Global HR Executive with extensive experience driving enterprise value in complex organizations. With a background spanning Fortune 500 companies, private equity-owned startups, IPOs, and leading consultancies, he excels in strategic business transformation. As Chief HR Officer at First Advantage since 2013, he oversees global HR operations, fostering growth and innovation. Michael also chairs the ESG Committee and spearheads the company's Diversity & Inclusion efforts. Previously, he held HR leadership roles at Wolters Kluwer, Harcourt Education, Columbia House, and Accenture. Michael holds a B.S. in Education and Anthropology and an M.S. in HR Management.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Michael Pilnick
CHRO
First Advantage
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Michael Pilnick is a results-focused Global HR Executive with extensive experience driving enterprise value in complex organizations. With a background spanning Fortune 500 companies, private equity-owned startups, IPOs, and leading consultancies, he excels in strategic business transformation. As Chief HR Officer at First Advantage since 2013, he oversees global HR operations, fostering growth and innovation. Michael also chairs the ESG Committee and spearheads the company's Diversity & Inclusion efforts. Previously, he held HR leadership roles at Wolters Kluwer, Harcourt Education, Columbia House, and Accenture. Michael holds a B.S. in Education and Anthropology and an M.S. in HR Management.

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