Connie Geiger

Connie leads Field Recruiting for gopuff, which is a really cool instant delivery startup that is taking over the world!

In this role, Connie designs and executes the talent acquisition strategy for the extensive Micro Fulfillment Center network, as well for the Customer Experience team and the Operations infrastructure organization.  

Prior to joining gopuff, Connie was a Managing Director at JPMorganChase where she was responsible for leading the Recruiting function for the Chase portfolio.  She made the decision to leave JPMC after 5 years because she wanted to do something BIG and recognized gopuff as a rocketship that is about to take off.  

Connie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and lives in Downingtown, PA with her husband and two daughters. 

Rick Grimaldi

Rick Grimaldi is the author of “Flex” and a partner at Fisher Phillips, one of America’s preeminent labor and employment law firms representing employers, where he works with companies both large and small on solving their most complex workplace challenges. Rick has served employers and employees in Pennsylvania in high-ranking public service positions, worked as a human resources professional, and spent years in private practice partnering with companies to help them adapt to the ever-changing business environment, achieve their workplace goals and become better employers that are ultimately rewarded by the market.

Karen Sweeney

A seasoned executive with over 25 years of senior level banking positions, Sweeney brings experience in organizational development and learning, strategic planning, and change management. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Rider University, a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree in Organization Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. Sweeney holds designations as a Certified Coach, Certified DISC and Motivators Practitioner, Predictive Index (PI) Analyst, and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner as well as senior level certifications in human resources from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Ragini Holloway

Ragini Holloway joined Affirm nearly 5 years ago when she was hired as the first Head of Talent and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). In her time at Affirm, she has 10x’d the company’s active headcount to 2,000+ FTE and founded their DEI Council. Today, she holds the role of SVP People on the executive team, leading a team of 150 employees. Most recently, Ragini was recognized as a top talent leader on Floodgate’s 2021 Anchor List and launched The Fund XX, a pre-seed fund founded and led by women for women. Ragini also serves as an advisor to startups and fast growing tech companies that need help creating and implementing recruitment and People processes, infrastructure, reporting and teams from scratch. Prior to Affirm, Ragini was Head of People at Credit Karma and grew them to just over 500 FTE.

Rich Krekstein

Since joining NFP in 2007, Rich has played a significant role in helping grow NFP into the largest privately held employee benefit firms in the Philadelphia area. His creativity and client focus have been instrumental in attracting and retaining client-partners over the years and offering best in class client service and support to over 300 mid to large market clients. In addition to being as an integral member of the NFP regional leadership team, Rich serves as NFP’s market leader for the Philadelphia area.

With over 15 years of experience, Rich is a recognized industry expert, primarily working with mid- and large-sized employers in the design and implementation of innovative benefit programs, and specializes in leading-edge strategy, scalable long-term solutions, and sustainable cost controls.

Previously, Rich was an executive with ADP Employer Services-Major Accounts in Fort Washington, PA, where he worked with middle market employers in the areas of Payroll/HRIS and Benefits Administration.

Rich is a graduate and active alumnus of Lower Merion High School and Penn State University. He has and continues to passionately serve on several non-profit boards and committees including PEBA (PENJERDEL Employee Benefits and Compensation Association), the Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), PSPS (Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy), and currently chairs the Delaware Valley’s HR person of the year Awards.

Rich resides in Blue Bell with his wife and three young children, where he is active in a number of charitable organizations including AIPAC, CHOP, Philadelphia Academies, JNF, and FAJA.

Rich has spoken, and presented for numerous audiences on various benefits related subjects such as; Health Care Reform, Private Exchanges, Group insurance underwriting methodologies, Benefit cost cutting strategies, Alternative funding strategies, and Emerging benefits and HR trends.

Andre Young

Andre Young is a professional speaker, author, leadership trainer, and Founder of You Evolving Now, LLC. He worked as a Mental Health Therapist for 19 years, played sports at every level from high school to professional, has been an employee, a business owner, and self-employed, written 3 books focused on enhancing Leadership & Work/Life Harmony. As Founder of You Evolving Now it’s his mission to enhance Leadership and Work/Life Harmony for organizations, leaders, employees, and teams with his high-energy, interactive, culture-changing leadership training programs and speaking engagements; allowing a professional and personal evolution!

Bryan Smith

Bryan is an ex-Pro Sports Performance coach turned repeat founder and startup advisor. As the co-founder of LEON, an AI-powered employee performance platform that enables companies to scale growth, Bryan is determined to build humankind’s healthiest and happiest generation of employees. His passion for employee wellness and teaching people about burnout, stress, and recovery led him to also found Humans. This community is focused on bridging the gap between entry-level employees and CEOs by cultivating deeper human connection and good conversations.

Michael Murray

Michael Murray is the Chief Relationship Officer for GT Independence. In his role, Michael manages $340 million dollars in Medicaid funding, ensuring people with disability receive the services they desire in their community. Through oversight of business development, government relations, marketing, innovation and corporate social responsibility departments, Michael drives a powerful network for change. Michael’s lifelong drive for inclusion is fueled by his experience as a person with a learning disability and ADHD.

Previously, Michael was the Director of the Employer Policy at the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Michael’s tenure in the federal Government also included serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Before joining OPM, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer for the American Association of People with Disabilities, supporting private sector employers in creating innovative and high-performing teams.

James Hancock

James Hancock leads the mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human business across the USA and Americas.

He has deep global experience across Human Resources, Strategy and Digital roles, including in the oft-misunderstood world of financial markets. This is fueled by his love of people and organizations, and optimism for the possibilities of what they can achieve together. He is adamant that great emphasis needs to come to balance humanity and technology more effectively.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2019 from Sydney, Australia, he’s led various People, Culture and Organizational Development projects including with ViacomCBS, GlaxoSmithKline, Mayo Clinic and Google.

He is a co-creator of the mwah. Culture Dashboard which measures the complex human system that is organizational culture. The Dashboard brings together Diversity Identity, Belongingness, Social Mapping (Organizational Network Analysis) and other key Human Capital metrics to understand, map and measure organizational culture very differently to traditional approaches, like engagement surveys.

James’ work was recognized in 2021 where he was humbled to be named “HR Consultant of the Year” in the Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year Awards.

James has degrees in Business (HR) and Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney and accreditations in Human Resources, Human Centered Design/Design Thinking and Strategy.

Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn is an Expert Partner in Human Capital at Bain & Company and works across their Leadership & Talent and Performance Improvement Practices. She is based in their Washington, DC office and provides consulting services and support to clients globally across several industry sectors.

A global business executive with deep expertise in human capital, Susan has built and developed high performing teams across multiple industries, countries, and cultures. With significant capability in all human resources disciplines as a former public-company CHRO, she has advised executive leaders on matters pertaining to HR strategy and transformation, digital innovation, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, and C-suite strategy, including CEO succession. Susan’s role at Bain focuses on supporting and advising clients on Human Capital and Talent strategies to advance their organizations.

Susan most recently served as managing director of people consulting services for a Big Four accounting firm. She previously accumulated nearly three decades’ experience in senior human resources roles across organizations including Aramark, Gardner Denver, Willis Towers Watson, Revlon, and Vivendi Universal / The Seagram Company. A results-driven, adaptable business partner valued for her ability to clarify and simplify complex and challenging situations, Susan has been a leader in developing client solutions relative to the physical return and reimagination of work, responding to client needs arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Her experience extends to leading multiple, complex HR operating model, along with change and communications projects supporting S4/Hana, Salesforce and Workday implementations. She has also delivered digital and technology engagements in the areas of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Data Federation, and content management system (CMS) assessments.

Susan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and an Honors Graduate Certificate in HR from McGill University. She is an active Board Member of Leadership Philadelphia, a non-profit focused on mobilizing and connecting the talent of the private sector to serve the community.  She is a frequent conference and panel speaker. Susan is the recipient of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful & Influential Women Award (2013) and Innovator of the Year Award (2020) for East Consulting at EY.