Illuminate Business Talent Summit

November 1st - 4th, 2021


Dick Finnegan

CEO, Speaker, Author, C-Suite Analytics and Finnegan Institute
Dick Finnegan is a world-renowned expert on Stay Interviews, Employee Engagement and Cutting Turnover. He travels extensively speaking at executive meetings and conferences, has authored five books on Stay Interviews and Employee Engagement, and is CEO of C-Suite Analytics and Finnegan Institute. BusinessWeek magazine has said “Finnegan offers fresh thinking for solving the turnover problem in any economy”. An in-demand speaker by business leaders, Dick transforms an audience's perspective on Employee Turnover and Engagement with concrete data, insight and humor, while providing an employee retention and engagement solution that cuts turnover by 20% or more in the first six months. His experience includes solving turnover and improving engagement in a vast number of industries including Siberian banks, African gold mines, multi-national corporations in China, healthcare institutes, meat processing groups, manufacturing plants and even the CIA. He leverages that extensive knowledge as CEO of C-Suite Analytics and Finnegan Institute to transform organizations, and to author articles, blogs and books including the top-selling SHRM-published book in history, The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention. He holds bachelors and graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.


Cindy Bjorkquist, M.S.

Director, Well-Being , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
With more than 36 years of experience in various roles in the health and well-being industry, Cindy Bjorkquist is the director of health and well-being at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Prior to her current position, Bjorkquist served as executive director and chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Community at Allegiance Health System.

Bjorkquist previously held instructor positions at Michigan State University and Jackson Community College, and was president and owner of High Voltage, a consulting company specializing in worksite program development and evaluation.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and biology from Spring Arbor University and holds a master’s degree in kinesiology with a double major in biology and exercise in sports science from Michigan State University.

Laura Tomaino

Senior Vice President, People & Culture, HealthEdge
Laura is an accomplished strategic human capital management professional. Her mission at the company is to deliver innovative solutions to recruit, engage, develop, and retain top talent. Since joining HealthEdge in 2013, Laura has championed the employee experience and was instrumental in building out their culture which provides connection, career fulfillment while also empowering all employees to continuously improve. HealthEdge’s culture powers everything they are able to accomplish and their employees are always top of mind.

Prior to joining HealthEdge, Laura worked at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, where she served a diverse group of stakeholders with full employee life-cycle guidance and management of human resource functions. Laura is a Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She also holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Human Resources from Saint Anselm College and a Masters in Liberal Arts (ALM) from Harvard University Extension School.


Beth Luther

Chief People and Customer Experience Officer, Primex Family of Companies
Culture Cultivator! Effective at building and transforming HR teams and processes and shaping company cultures. Progressive leader and coach focused on developing others, using excellent problem-solving skills and decision making in very complex situations which creates a rich environment for people, limits risk, and improves business results.  Business Administration Degree from Alverno College and Masters in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.  A senior-level executive with 35+ years of Organizational Development, Human Resources Strategy, and Customer Experience for both publicly and privately held organizations (Nestle, Canon, Quaker, DGI Supply/DoAll, R.G.RAY Corporation, and Illinois public education administrator).  Known as a culture change agent and awarded Best Place to Work by the Best Place to Work Institute in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Awarded Milwaukee’s Best and Brightest in 2017, 2018 and 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Advocate for health and wellness, learning as a lifelong process, problem-solving, creative talent acquisition, executive coaching, and mentoring.

Christina Moses

Director of HR, Presence Marketing
Christina Moses is the Director of HR for Presence Marketing, headquartered in South Barrington, IL. Christina has been with Presence for 10 years and served in several Sales and Management roles prior to joining the HR team in 2014. Her passion is the culture at Presence and she’s constantly seeking new ways to think outside the box and create the best experience for our teams.

Presence is a mission-driven company born from a desire to work in a dynamic and environmentally conscious industry and because of our awareness to take better care of the planet and ourselves, it has been a top priority of Christina’s to dive deep into our wellness program, Live Life Well, where the focus is around Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Balance. Presence is a 3-year Best in Brightest National Winner and Best & Brightest in Wellness Winner.

Christina is an Indiana University graduate and resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two kids.

Felicia Taylor

Chief Human Resources Officer, Trintech
Felicia Taylor is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Trintech leading all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, talent development and learning, business partnerships, organizational development and effectiveness, compensation and benefits, diversity, inclusion and belonging, and operations and systems.

Taylor joins the Trintech team with more than 20 years of experience holding global HR leadership roles spanning industries such as technology, multi-unit retail and advertising. Her broad experience includes culture cultivation & design, change management, HR strategy, employee experience & engagement, M&A, total rewards, compensation strategies and talent acquisition & retention. Prior to joining Trintech, Taylor was the Multifamily Division HR Vice President for RealPage (NASDAQ: RP). She also served as the Chief Vibe Officer and Head of Human Resources for VARI (formerly VARIDESK).

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. She holds her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification as well as her Professional in Human Resources California (PHR-CA) certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Mark Conrad

Owner, Express Employment Professionals

Mary Pigatti

President, eMindful
Mary Pigatti is President of eMindful, a Wondr Health company and a leading provider of purpose-driven mindfulness solutions that improve health, happiness, and performance. eMindful delivers measurable results by helping individuals make every moment matter with greater focus, creativity, and purposeful decisions.

Pigatti has more than 25 years of experience in leading organizational growth, innovation, and investments for digital health and performance solution companies. She recently led eMindful through a successful acquisition by Wondr Health. Prior to joining eMindful, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Retrofit, Inc., a leading provider of personalized, weight-management and disease-prevention programs, and in 2018, led the company through a successful acquisition by Livongo Health, Inc.

Throughout her career, Pigatti’s top priority has been employee and client happiness. She empowers her teams to build innovation into everything they do to delight clients. During her time at eMindful and Retrofit, her people-first mindset led the companies to win several workplace awards, including being named a Best and Brightest in Wellness, a Great Place to Work®, an Elite Award Winner for Work-Life Balance, and a TINYaward winner for Happiest Employees and Excellence in Employee Recognition. Employee Benefit Adviser also named Pigatti a Digital Benefits Technology Innovator, and the Illinois Technology Association recognized her as a CityLIGHTS Prominent Woman in Tech Finalist.

Mike Novakoski

President & CEO, EV Construction
Mike Novakoski is a CEO and entrepreneur with over 30 years growing successful businesses in the construction, staffing and leadership industries. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Construction Management, Mike holds an MBA, completed 240 hours of intense study to receive an “Innovation Management Certification” and most recently completed a 3-year Owner/President Management program through Harvard Business School. As President & CEO of EV Construction, Mike has led the company through 14 consecutive years as a recipient of West Michigan’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” award – with 11 of those years as an Elite Award Recipient. Mike thoroughly enjoys sharing the unique approach to the company’s success and helping other companies to achieve their full potential.

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