2017 Annual Conference - Speakers

We have posted all speaker approved presentations for you to review/download below.

Health Care 2017: Where Do We Go From Here

Moderator: Joel Allison - Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Board, Baylor Scott and White Health

Past President and CEO of Baylor Scott and White. 45 years of serving in the ministry of health care.Currently serving as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Board.

Panelist: Norma Garza - Mgr. Finance & Administration, Vascular Surgery- UTHEALTH San Antonio

Ms. Norma L. Garza, is Manager of Finance and Administration for the vascular surgery division in the Department of Surgery at UT Health San Antonio. She accomplished her undergraduate degree with honors from Baptist University. She completed a Master’s Degree in Business. She also earned a Radiology degree, was the first CT Technologist in San Antonio, Texas as well as a being Registered as a Diagnostic Ultrasound Sonographer in OB-Gyn, Abdominal and is a Registered Vascular Specialist. Norma also attended Oblate School of Theology, earned a degree in Lay ministry and Spiritual direction.

Panelist: Jana Kuykendoll - CEO, PAM Specialty Hospital of Luling

I have 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I am a Bachelors prepared Registered Nurse by background. I was the Chief Nursing Officer of PAM Specialty of Luling from 2001 until 2014. At that time I transitioned from Director of Operations to Chief Executive Officer. Addiitonally I have a Market CEO role over two other PAM Long Term Acute Care Hospitals.

Panelist: Kristen Lowe - CEO, Kindred Hospital San Antonio

Kristen Lowe, RN, is the CEO/COO of Kindred Hospital San Antonio Medical Center. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience as an ICU RN and hospital operations, Mrs. Lowe demonstrates expertise in process improvement, strategic planning, clinical integration and physician integration and engagement. She applies a comprehensive patient–accountable culture that aligns her hospital team and physicians to provide an exceptional patient experience around what matters most to them. She understands organizations, strategy, risk management and ways to drive change and growth. Mrs. Lowe proudly served on Active Duty in the US Army Nurse Corps from 2001-2015. She is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College with honors in Joint Planning, Strategic Planning and she holds a master’s degree in Administration & Leadership from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Lowe deployed twice to Iraq as an ICU/Trauma Flight Nurse and earned numerous awards and decorations before her honorable discharge.


Discuss the current situation with the ACA and the AHCA and what type of reform is needed and what is the best model for the future of healthcare in America.

Passionate Leadership

Lisa Burkhardt-Worley - Founder, Pearls of Promise Ministries

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Lisa Burkhardt-Worley is an award-winning author and speaker, and is the founder of Pearls of Promise Ministries. Lisa spent 19 years as a national and local sportscaster, working as a correspondent for HBO Sports on the program, Inside the NFL and as a freelance reporter for ESPN.  She was also an anchor and reporter for the Madison Square Garden Network in New York City. She spent 15 years as an anchor in local markets, including Chattanooga, Tennessee and 12 years at KENS-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, Texas. Burkhardt-Worley has since authored or co-authored five books, the Pearls of Promise devotional, If I Only Had…Wrapping Yourself in God’s Truth During Storms of Insecurity, a four-time writing award winner, The Most Powerful P: A Child’s Introduction to the Power of Prayer, The Most Powerful P Activity Book, winner of a 2015 Christian Literary Award, and Prayer Journal. She also recently co-edited, compiled and was a contributor for the book, Stories of Roaring Faith, a nominee for a 2017 Christian Literary Award, to be announced in December. She is working on her sixth book, The Un-Crowd, expected to be completed by the end of December, 2017. She is a sought-after speaker has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. Lisa also co-hosts an international weekly radio show with Donna Skell called A Time to Dream on the WRNO-Worldwide Radio Network. She also serves on the Christian Women in Media Association Advisory Board, was the Director of the 2017 Global Media Summit held  and is the Director of Special Projects for Roaring Lambs Ministries.


I will give examples and several points on how to be a more passionate leader; how to draw people to your team and display a fire in your soul about work that employees will desire to have as well.

Inclusion 2030: Demographic Disruptions that will Redefine the Workplace, the Workers, and the Work

Dr. Shirley Davis - President, SDS Global Enterprises

Dr. Davis, President of SDS Global Enterprises, is an accomplished corporate executive, Global Workforce Management expert, a certified international speaker, and a master of reinvention. She has over 20 years of business experience and has worked at five Fortune 50 and 100 companies in various senior and executive leadership roles as well as in more than 20 countries. Most recently from 2006-2014, she was the Global head of Diversity & Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the Society for Human Resource Management. She has been featured and quoted on NBC’s The Today Show, USA Today, NPR, in the Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Washington Post, to name a few. In 2015 she earned the highest designation in the speaking industry as a Certified Speaking Professional bestowed by the National Speaker’s Association, which put her in the ranks of only 12% of speakers worldwide. She is the author of the book: “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and her newly released book entitled, “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.” She holds a Bachelor’s in Pre-Law; a Master’s in HR Management; and a Ph.D. in Business and Organization Management and is a former Ms. American United States (2000-2001).


The 21st century workforce has also undergone major shifts and changes as it becomes more global, virtual, diverse, and hyper-connected. With this new reality brings new complexities and new opportunities and requires HR professionals to adopt new ways of acquiring, hiring, developing, leading, and retaining great talent. In this session, Dr. Shirley Davis, SPHR will reveal some of the top trends and complexities of the 21st century global workforce that should be top of mind for all business leaders including HR. She'll also provide leading practices and recommended talent management strategies being employed by some of the world's most admired companies that HR professionals can adopt in their own organizations.

Building Physician Partnerships

Dr. Brian Schroeder - CMC, Chief Medical Officer / CCH, VP Medical Affairs, Covenant Health

Brian D. Schroeder, MD, MBA, FAAPL, FACP, SFHM, CPE, has been in a variety of healthcare settings throughout his professional career: riding the streets as an Emergency Medical Technician; working as a critical care nurse in a large university medical center; and leading a community hospital as a nurse administrator, before pursuing his career in medicine. A practicing Internal Medicine Hospitalist & Palliative Care physician since 1999, he is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the Covenant Medical Center and the Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, TX; previously, Dr. Schroeder served as the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer for the Sparrow Health System in Lansing, MI. Dr. Schroeder is a Fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Certified Physician Executive. He holds the faculty appointments of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Lansing, MI and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine in Mount Pleasant, MI. Dr. Schroeder earned his Associate of Arts in Nursing at the University of South Dakota and later earned both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a three-time recipient of resident teaching awards and was given the Excellence in Teaching award by the 2002 graduating class of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Schroeder is also a Flight Surgeon and Internist with the Air National Guard and holds the rank of Lt. Colonel. He and his wife Nancy have four children, two horses, three dogs and a flock of sheep. In his off time, Dr. Schroeder is working towards his private pilot certificate and likes to sing and play guitar.

George Brown - Director, Clinic Operations, Baylor Scott & White Health - Austin/Round Rock Region

A native of Abilene, Texas, George Brown received a Master’s in Public Administration with a Healthcare Policy and Administration concentration from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Public Policy from McMurry University. George is Director of Clinic Operations for the Austin/Round Rock Region and has been with Baylor Scott & White Health since 2011. He has over 10 years of diverse leadership experience in healthcare, with expertise in clinical practice management, group practice formation, and physician integration and alignment. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is pursuing doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership. In his spare time, George enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and trail running. He is married and can often be found participating in tea parties with his 4 young daughters (ages 8, 7, 3, and 1).


Building physician partnerships in aligning organizational outcomes with human resources value added contributions.

Werling Survey Review

Stephen Werling - President, Werling Associates, Inc.

Stephen E. Werling, DBA, SPHR Dr. Stephen Werling is a consultant and educator with over 30 years of consulting experience and 40 years academic experience. Dr. Werling received his Doctorate of Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from the University of Kentucky. He is the President of Werling Associates, Inc. a San Antonio, TX based Human Resource Management consulting firm established in 1993 that specializes in the design of compensation and incentive plans and selection systems. Dr. Werling is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


The presentation will review the results of the 2017 TSHHRAE Wage and Benefit Survey and current issues in compensation including projected FLSA changes and annual increases. The presentation will also review current pay practices in relationship to the tightening labor market.

Minimizing Legal Risk/ Labor Law Update

Simon D. Whiting - Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P.

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Simon Whiting is a Partner with Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. practicing in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. Simon is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Most of his practice is representing management in employment law matters. He works to keep his clients out of trouble and defends them when they do. Simon has an unusual background in the law. He majored in Roman law and Jurisprudence, Roman Dutch Law and Comparative African Government and Law in college at the University of Cape Town. He then got his first law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He practiced law for a couple of years in South Africa and was admitted to practice there. Then he came to Dallas and started over again. After getting his JD from Southern Methodist University, he joined Burford & Ryburn where he has practiced law for over 25 years. • Simon is rated as an AV Preeminent lawyer by his peers • He has been rated by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law – Management and also for Litigation – Labor & Employment • He serves as treasurer of Dallas Bar Association Labor & Employment Council • He is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates


An update of recent developments in labor & employment law and lessons learned

Employment Engagement: Getting Real with Coaching

Sherry Yellin - President, TRL Resources, Inc.

TRL RESOURCES, LLC. EXECUTIVE TEAM RADICAL RESULTS. REAL LEADERSHIP. is the game changing program designed to connect the science of how the brain learns best to practical application. TRL was founded by Sherry Yellin and Kristine Conway with the sole purpose of shattering the status quo of leadership development! Today’s world demands more; yesterday’s solutions will not achieve tomorrow’s success! Sherry Yellin, PhD, ACC, BCC CEO of TRL Resources, LLC. Dr. Yellin is the owner of The Learning Connection, Inc., a leadership development company specializing in curriculum design and facilitation. For more than twenty years, Dr. Yellin has worked with leaders within a variety of industries, public and private, domestic and international. Dr. Yellin stands out from others in the training and development field through her command of brain-based learning. Additional distinctions include her PhD., continuous study, real world application in brain based learning in the workplace and her understanding that learning is not about a classroom, but an experience. She has partnered with thousands of leaders in numerous organizations to design and deliver brain-based learning solutions resulting in increased leadership effectiveness. Her expertise in curriculum design has served the needs of many HR Executives and practitioners in translating organizational needs into powerful learning solutions. Dr. Yellin is also a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and the Center for Credentialing Education. Topic Highlights for Speaking Engagements: Dr. Yellin is well versed in brain-based learning methodologies. Her desire to improve the way leaders are developed is second to none. Dr. Yellin expertly explains how the brain works best, as she leads you through the exploration of the four RADICAL RESULTS. REAL LEADERSHIP. power-house tools:
  1. Exclusive brain-based content
  2. Convenient on-demand learning
  3. Certified coaching support
  4. Meaningful measurement This isn’t your one and done leadership development. This solution produces sustainable RADICAL RESULTS. REAL LEADERSHIP.!

Kristine Conway - CEO, TRL Resources, Inc.

Kristine Conway, MS, PCC President of TRL Resources, LLC. Kristine has coached leaders since 2000 from a variety of industries. She has led change in hospital, corporate, retail and restaurant settings for more than twenty years. Kristine stands apart from others in her field through her in-depth background, specializing in change management strategies and emotional intelligent expertise. Kristine helps her coaching clients go beyond limitations. Kristine holds a MS in Management and Administrative Sciences with a concentration in Organization Behavior and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as a certification from the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Kristine is also the President of Effective Focus, Inc. a change management and coaching firm. As a past member of the Board of Examiners for the Quality Texas Assessment and Feedback Program (state level Baldrige organization), Kristine has a working knowledge of operational excellence. Topic Highlights for Speaking Engagements: Kristine is passionate and knowledgeable about helping professionals get out of their own way by shifting mindsets, navigating change and eliminating self-limiting beliefs! Kristine eloquently explains how one individual’s influence can either make or break the outcomes of an entire organization! Change starts with the individual, with you!


Building physician partnerships in aligning organizational outcomes with human resources value added contributions.