Emcees

Chelsi McDonald is a Sports Reporter for WHDH 7News. She covers and reports the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. She's thrilled to be in Boston, one of the best sports cities in the nation.

Chelsi joined 7News in October 2016. Before working at 7News, she was a Sports Reporter/Anchor in New Orleans, Louisiana. She covered the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, LSU and Tulane. She also reported on the NFL Draft, the Senior Bowl, and LSU’s introduction of a new football coach.

Prior to New Orleans, Chelsi worked in Savannah, Georgia. She started her tv career in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a Sports Reporter/Anchor. She was also a sideline reporter for college and high school football games.

A proud Florida State University Seminole, Chelsi is an Honor graduate of FSU’s Mass Media/Communications school. During college she worked as a Sports Reporter for SunSports and WFSU. Chelsi was also a member of the FSU Cheerleading squad for four years and served as a co-captain for one season.

Chelsi is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Speakers

Adam Mansfield

Commercial Advisory Practice Leader, UpperEdgeAs Practice Leader: Commercial Advisory, Adam is responsible for leading and managing client engagements across Microsoft, Salesforce & ServiceNow service offerings. Beyond ensuring the quality and delivery of UpperEdge’s services, Adam provides strategic advice, actionable insight, and precise market intelligence to line of business, information technology, and strategic sourcing executives responsible for key IT relationships.

Adam has 15 years of experience negotiating cloud computing, software, system implementation, hosting, AMS, outsourcing, and data center agreements, ensuring significant savings and optimal deal constructs are achieved. Adam is considered a thought leader in cloud subscription agreement negotiations.

Prior to joining UpperEdge, Adam served as a Director in AMR Research’s Contract Negotiation and Benchmarking Service (CNBS) where he led client engagements providing senior executives with insight into sourcing and negotiation best practices as well as specific IT vendor pricing and business practices.

Prior to AMR Research, Adam was a contract negotiator at SkillSoft Corporation where he managed the entire negotiation process from RFP response to contract execution.

Adam holds a degree in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and received his JD/MBA from Suffolk University.

Emma Brudner

Director of People Operations, Lola.comEmma Brudner is the director of people operations at Lola.com. Previously, she spent nearly five years at HubSpot managing the company's blog. She's fascinated with people and is constantly thinking about how to make work more loving. Her other job is being a mom — to one human baby and two cats.

Jackie Dube

VP of Talent Optimization, The Predictive IndexJackie is the Vice President of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index. She is responsible for recruiting and retaining a high performance team. This includes talent acquisition, organizational design and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, communication, and employee relations, all the while ensuring that the team is aligned with the fast-paced, high-performance culture. Prior to PI, Jackie held several leadership roles in the human capital field, including VP of HR at Intygral Software, ShapeUp, and Vectrix. She also established and ran her own HR consulting firm. In all of these roles over the past 15 years, Jackie was responsible for building and growing high-performing teams in the technology field. She received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, held a SPHR certification, and is a Certified Compensation Professional.

Jessica Young

Director of Learning and Organizational Development , Reliant Medical Group 

Jessica Young currently holds the position of Director of Learning, Organizational Development & Engagement at Reliant Medical Group. She joined Reliant in 2003 as a part-time secretary while attending college. During her time at Reliant, Jessica has held six different jobs and obtained three degrees, most recently completing her Master of Arts in Human Behavior. Spending the last 11 years in a learning role, she has found her passion is in working on anything that promotes employee success and development.

Keynote Speakers

Mike Novakoski

Partner, Become Unmistakable LLCMike Novakoski is the president and CEO of national-award-winning Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals and the EV Group, and is a founding Partner of Become Unmistakable LLC. Mike has 30 years of construction industry experience and a special gift for innovative thinking, visioning, communication, and motivation in his organizational leadership roles. In addition to authoring two books, Mike is a nationally recognized speaker on the subjects of “six-pack abs” culture, the power of VisCom (visual communication), breaking out of the commodity mindset, innovation at all levels, and “right-brain-justified” leadership.