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    CT SHRM Virtual Leadership Conference

    Date: October 16, 2020, 10:00am
    CT State Council
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    Presenter's Bio:

    Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise. She is an award-winning diversity and inclusion leader, consultant, and speaker committed to creating inclusive cultures.!

    Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in corporate America, spanning information technology, commercial strategy, and human resources. She holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Her technology background has served her well, embedding strong project management acumen to educate and create transformational results for her clients. She teaches diversity and inclusion, conscious inclusion, and inclusive leadership.!

    Ms. Morris shares her thought leadership across various platforms (for example,!Entrepreneur,!Forbes, The Good Men Project, Medium, American Managemen Association Playbook, Thrive Global, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Glassdoor, Leadercast, SmartRecruiters, Social Hire, Diversity Best Practices,'and'BambooHR). She is also the author of!52 Tips for Owning Your Career: Practical Advice for Career Success,!The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools, and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career,!and!Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.

    She resides in Connecticut with her family.

    Lissa Robinovitz, SPHR, is founder & president of LR Business Solutions LLC, a consulting firm based in South Windsor, CT. She is a long-standing member of SHRM and member and past president of HRACC.

    Lissa has over 25 years of hands-on HR and Employee Relations experience, in traditional and consulting capacities, including project-based, serving as an HR department of one, and leading the HR function. Of particular relevance today, Lissa’s experience also includes development and implementation of comprehensive pandemic and HR crisis management plans, and leading the HR response to crisis events across the U.S.

    She holds an SPHR certification, a Bachelor’s degree in HR Management, and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices.

    Lissa was raised in her family’s small business and went on to partner with a diverse range of for- and not-for-profit organizations, through every phase of the business lifecycle.  Industries include small businesses, startups, high-tech manufacturing, healthcare, community services, and Fortune 500 global pharmaceuticals and financial services.

    When not working, Lissa is a long-time Hospice volunteer, supporting patients and families in private homes, residential facilities, and hospitals.

    P.O. Box 1255

    South Windsor, CT 06074

    (860) 729-1218

    Mark D. Soycher

    Counsel, Human Resources Services, CBIA

    Mark Soycher has over 30 years experience guiding Connecticut employers and employees through the maze of laws and regulations affecting their workplace, providing legal assistance with all workplace problems from hiring to firing, and on how best to plan and apply workplace strategies that anticipate and avoid legal disputes.

    As HR Counsel at CBIA, the state’s largest business organization, Soycher responds to thousands of personnel-related inquires annually from member companies, and has conducted training sessions for thousands of Connecticut workers on a wide range of topics, including Sexual Harassment Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Employment Law for Managers, Workplace Discrimination, ADA and Ethics Compliance. Previously, Soycher was in private law practice for a dozen years, representing and counseling both employers and individuals in employment matters. Before that, he was general counsel and lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, a construction industry trade association.

    Soycher has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in special education from William Paterson College, and a law degree from New York Law School. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, and serves on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's labor and employment law section. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), currently serving as Director of Legislative Affairs on the SHRM-CT HR Council, and is a board member of Disability:IN Connecticut, a coalition of CT employers working to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

    He may be contacted at, or by phone, (860) 244-1138.

    Michael W. Wanik, CPP, CBCP is the Senior Director of Corporate Security for United Therapeutics Corporation. He is board certified in both security management and business continuity planning. Prior to his leadership of United Therapeutics’ global security efforts for the past eight years, he spent more than thirteen years as UnitedHealth Group’s corporate security director responsible for international operations. He has a robust background in providing risk management techniques to protect people, process, technology, information and environments in sensitive locations and operations around the world. He was intimately involved with world stage situations such as 9/11, the Asian tsunami, and the brutal attacks in Mumbai, India. His experience in asset protection and recovery from crisis situations is from practice.

    Mike attended and subsequently taught criminal justice courses at Central Texas College while a member of the United States Army; and is an active member of the International Security Management Association, ASIS International, The Association of Contingency Planners and the Disabled American Veterans.  

    Mike can be contacted at (860) 463-3532 or


    John G. Stretton

    John Stretton is a Shareholder in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins with nearly twenty years of experience. Clients view John as a resourceful counselor and aggressive litigator who never loses sight of a client’s business objectives and need to establish value. In addition to providing proactive counseling and advice, John is frequently sought out to represent clients in discrimination, noncompete, confidentiality, wrongful termination, wage and overtime, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, intellectual property, and complex litigation matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

    John also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating executive employment agreements and agreements concerning data use, privacy, and security. John regularly counsels clients on the enforceability of restrictive covenants (non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality clauses), in addition to litigating restrictive covenant cases.

    Based on feedback from both in-house and outside counsel, Chambers USA identified John as a “Leading Lawyer” in 2017 and 2018 and proclaimed that John wins praise for his “fantastic quality of work and turnaround time” and his ability to “apply a business acumen to the legal knowledge he has.” John has also been named a New England Super Lawyer and a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2013 – 2018 and was recognized in the area of Employment & Labor. From 2010 through 2012, John was named a Connecticut Rising Star and was recognized in the area of Employment & Labor. Additionally, John was selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its 10 Best – Labor and Employment List in 2016.


    Anne Peabody-Brostek, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

    Anne Peabody-Brostek is Manager, Human Resources for RRD, is a leading global provider of multichannel business communications services & marketing solutions with more than 52,000 clients around the world, including 88% of the Global Fortune 500. She joined the company in 2013.

    Prior to working for RRD, Ms. Peabody-Brostek was Human Resources Manager/Shared Services Analyst for Vertafore, Inc., a software development company focused on helping insurance agencies, carriers and MGA’s harness the power of software solutions. Prior human resources positions held were in biotechnology, consumer products and manufacturing organizations.

    Ms. Peabody-Brostek is lifetime certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds the SHRM Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. She currently serves as State Director for the CT Council for the Society of Human Resources Management, and is a Past President of the Human Resources Association of Central CT, a SHRM affiliate chapter of over 350 members. She also serves on the boards of several local non-profits.

    Ms. Peabody-Brostek is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She also earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and a Masters in Communication and Information Management, from Bay Path College.



    Pronouns: He, Him, His

    ((Diversity + Inclusion) * Belonging) ^ Equity = Purposeful Culture!

    This is the motto that drives Christopher every day. His background, experiences, and passions are as diverse as they come! From growing up on a family farm to taking modern dances class to fulfill his art requirement for his Bachelors of Agriculture Science. From working as a Residence Hall Director to leading People Analytics to now leading Global Diversity & Inclusion.

    He believes that an inclusive culture does not just happen, it must be intentional. Just like being in a loving, supportive relationship, it takes work. He strives for being a more inclusive individual with each interaction he has.

    Being engaged is not just about what happens during the 8 hours we are in the office each day, it is the drive one has to be a positive public advocate for the organization they are part of. Christopher’s engagement comes from a place of wanting his organization to be a better place then he found it.

    Take out any component of the Innovative Culture Formula and it will error out! So, Christopher wants everyone to brush up on their Purposeful Analytics to learn the ((D+I)*B)^E formula!


    Margaret A. Judge is Director, Human Resources at EMCOR Group, Inc. Margaret is responsible for EMCOR’s Recruiting and Compliance. Margaret is a member of the Connecticut State SHRM Council where she serves as Nominations and Tri-State Co-Chairs. She was awarded the HR Professional of the Year in Fairfield County in 2012, and is known for her work for the SHRM community – leading people by leading organization. Additionally, Margaret serves as the President of her neighborhood Association, the Stratfield Historic District Association.

    Prior to her current position as Director, Human Resources in a Fortune 500 company, Margaret worked as Human Resources Director in the printing manufacturing, chemical, sports marketing and direct mail marketing industries.

    She earned both her MBA and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration – Human Resources concentration from Sacred Heart University. Margaret enjoys walks, the beach, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.