2021 Winter Illuminate Business Summit

January 24, 2022


David A. Crawford

VP of Talent Acquisition, New York-Presbyterian
David A. Crawford, M.B.A., is Vice President, Talent Acquisition for New York-Presbyterian. In this role, he is responsible for leading talent acquisition strategies and operations, including workforce planning, recruitment, retention, and employment branding/marketing. Mr. Crawford joined New York-Presbyterian in 2015 with significant experience in talent acquisition strategy, talent management, and workplace diversity. Previously, he served as Vice President for Global Talent Acquisition at Mastercard, where he brought thought leadership to the company’s internal and external talent acquisition strategy. Prior to this, he worked for two years at BlackRock as Director and Global Head of Recruiting and Diversity. From 1985 through 2008, Mr. Crawford worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co., with increasing levels of responsibility, serving in both the Operations and Finance Divisions before holding various human capital management roles, ultimately as Vice President for Recruiting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Accounting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

David Brooks, SPHR, CEBS

SVP of HR, Tokio Marine America
David Brooks, SPHR, CEBS is SVP of HR for Tokio Marine America and TMNA Services, LLC. In his current role, he oversees the HR operations of both companies, including recruiting, employee relations, compensation, employee services, and HR compliance. He started with Tokio Marine in 2005 and has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and in Human Resources for over 20 years. David is based in Pasadena, CA. Prior to the beginning of the pandemic, he split his time between the companies’ east coast and west coast offices.

Devin Scillian
Devin Scillian

News Anchor, WDIV Channel 4

Dr. Rishi Chavan

Meditation Instructor, Pediatric Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician, CHOC Children’s Hospital
Dr.Rishi is a certified Heartfulness meditation instructor who has been practicing for 20+ years. He has conducted meditation classes and workshops in local libraries, medical schools, and university campuses to help facilitate guided relaxation and meditation. He currently works as a Pediatric Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician at CHOC Children’s Hospital and is also affiliated with UCI as an HS Associate Clinical Professor. Heartfulness meditation has not only helped him at his work in dealing with patients and families but also helped him in his personal life all through medical school, residency, and fellowship as well as researcher, teacher, and clinician.

Jennifer Kluge

President & CEO, NABR, Best and Brightest Programs
Jennifer Kluge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) and its sister organizations, Michigan Business & Professional Association, now known as MichBusiness,  and the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA).  Jennifer is also the owner and publisher of Corp! Magazine.

Jennifer launched the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) in 2001, and with it the workplace engagement competition Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, which runs in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco/Bay Area, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Milwaukee, Atlanta, San Diego, Boston as well as the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for.

Kelly Sipila

Strategic Program Director, Best and Brightest Programs

Linda Llewelyn

Chief People Officer , Health Catalyst
Linda Llewelyn is the Chief People Officer at Health Catalyst. Linda joined Health Catalyst in June 2013 as the HR Manager. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, she worked in several industries, including medical technology, health care, and financial services in various HR leadership capacities. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah.

Meagan Johnson

Speaker / Author/ Generational Humorist

Meagan is known as a “Generational Humorist” and challenges her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Educating through entertainment, Meagan has worked with a variety of organizations and associations to build multi-generational effective relationships, influence company loyalty, standards of quality, and attitudes toward customers and coworkers.

Meagan challenges her audiences to think differently when dealing with multiple generations. Experience can be both a blessing and a curse. The solution that worked in the past may not necessarily work in the future. Meagan understands each generation has more in common than many people think. Most workers appreciate flexibility, the opportunity for growth, and a workplace culture built on respect.

Meagan helps her audiences find common ground and build on generational strengths. She believes the best strategy for success is not thinking about how people are different but thinking about how people are the same.

Meagan and her Baby Boomer father, Larry Johnson are the authors of Generations, Inc – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.

Sean Mitchell

Vice President, Head of Global Talent Acquisition
Sean Mitchell is the Vice President, Head of Global Talent Acquisition at DailyPay, the leading financial technology company powering on-demand pay.

A Global Talent Leader with a superior track record of establishing, scaling, and leading top-performing talent acquisition operations, Sean has over 20 years of experience in the talent management space. Under Sean’s leadership, companies have received numerous recognitions and awards for workplace excellence, such as “Top Places to Work” awards from Glassdoor, Washington Post, Newsweek, Best Workplaces, Comparably and others.

Before joining DailyPay, Sean has led Talent Acquisition teams at start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including Tenable, SAIC, and IBM. At Tenable, Sean successfully led a team of Global Talent Acquisition professionals responsible for the company’s Pre/Post IPO global expansion and high growth recruiting functions including talent programs, recruiting operations, candidate experience, and employment branding.

In his free time, Sean serves on numerous youth athletic boards of directors as well as volunteering for organizations within his community. Sean graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.A. in American History.

Therese Marie Smith

Director of Education and Programs, Best and Brightest
Therese Marie Smith is Director of Education & Programs for Best & Brightest Programs. Her primary goals are to oversee and develop the Peer Discussion Groups that provide a safe and confidential space for HR leaders and other professionals to share experience and best practices. Additionally, she is responsible for the creation and execution of a variety of educational programs that address important issues faced by today’s business community.


Kevin Barrios

Director of HR & People , Enchanted Rock

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