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Teresa Carroll

Teresa Carroll, public board member and former president, Kelly Services

Teresa Carroll is a transformative, dynamic business executive who brings extensive board experience and a proven track record of driving change and delivering results, including architecting multiple turnarounds and leading a $2 billion operating unit to sustained record-setting profits. Carroll has held several leadership roles, including simultaneously serving as executive vice president, president of global talent solutions, and general manager of sales, marketing, and human resources, all for Kelly Services. Carroll’s board experience includes serving as an independent director of Zovio, an education management and technology company, and as a member of the Conference Board’s Labor Market Institute Advisory Board. Carroll earned a master of business administration from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and founding council member of Leadership in Action, Kelly Services’ business resource group for the development and advocacy of female leaders.


Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris, chairman and co-founder, ettain group

Harris is co-founder and chief executive officer of ettain group, an information technology, health care IT, and digital creative talent solutions company with offices in North Carolina, Virginia, DC, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Texas. He is co-founder of the National Staffing Alliance and the IT Staffing Executive Roundtable. Harris also is a board member of IT-oLogy, a community organization devoted to influencing and promoting IT-related education. Harris is a member of the ASA board of directors.


Craig Hopewell

Craig Hopewell, president, Hopewell Law

Craig Hopewell, recently retired chief legal officer of BelFlex Staffing and founder of Hopewell Law, handles contracts, employment law issues, regulatory matters and risk management. Harris is actively involved with helping staffing companies prospect for acquisitions. Previously he worked in the engineering, short-term finance, venture capital, and manufacturing worlds. Hopewell is a member of the ASA Legal and Legislative Committee.


Kelly Irons

Kelly Irons, chief executive officer, developUs

Irons is the chief executive officer of developUs, a Charlotte, NC-based employee development firm. With 20 years of training design and delivery experience, 10-plus years in leadership development roles, and a master’s degree in adult education, Irons has a long history of working with those in the learning and development field as well as audiences from a multitude of backgrounds and industries. Her leadership style and commitment to individual and organizational excellence have earned her multiple awards throughout her career. Today, her roots in human development have remained at the core of her business practice, and she operates under a guiding philosophy that to make an impact on a group, you must make an impact on the individuals that make up the group. From this foundation, her work in coaching, mentoring, and leadership emerged.


Toby Malara, Esq.

Toby Malara, Esq., government affairs counsel

Malara, government affairs counsel for ASA, manages all staffing-related legislation and regulation on behalf of ASA and represents the industry’s interests before Congress and state legislatures. He provides government relations counsel to the association’s affiliated state organizations and regional councils, and directs political fund-raising activities through StaffingPAC, the ASA political action committee. Malara is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his law degree from Catholic University. He is a member of the Maryland bar association.


Alex Maultsby

Alex Maultsby, partner, Fox Rothschild

Maultsby provides employment counseling, advice, and litigation services to clients across a broad span of industries. He frequently appears before the state and federal courts in North Carolina. In his role Maultsby regularly advises clients on how to comply with regulations, implement internal policies and address complaints, manage personnel issues, and minimize litigation risks associated with difficult personnel decisions. Clients also engage Maultsby to develop executive employment and compensation agreements and to draft and litigate nondisclosure, noncompetition, and non-solicitation agreements—all key business tools for recruiting and retaining managers and for minimizing loss when employees depart.


Rachel Modrak

Rachel Modrak, partner, Staffing eTrainer

Modrak is a staffing industry trainer and consultant. She started her career in 1997, and throughout her 17-year tenure with CoWorx, she played a critical role in the operational strategy. She went on to work for Adecco as vice president of operations, where she supported a $350+ million division providing strategy in service for large clients, order fulfillment, and associate recruiting and retention. In 2017 she created Apex Staffing Consulting Group to provide strategic solutions that solve problems by improving strategy, training, and hiring.


Joyce Russell

Joyce Russell, president, Adecco Staffing

Russell is committed to making the future work for everyone and has firmly established her reputation and passion for working with people and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. In 1987, Russell joined Adecco as a branch manager in Charlotte, NC. From 2004–2018, she served as the president of Adecco Staffing U.S., leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America, with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,800 colleagues and a diverse portfolio of clients. In 2015, Staffing Industry Analysts named Russell in their Global Power 100—Women in Staffing list. Russell is a member of the ASA board of directors.


Carol Sankar

Carol Sankar, founder, The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership

Sankar is a business consultant and the founder of The Confidence Factor for Women, which is a global executive leadership firm focused on inclusion initiatives for high-level women. Carol has been featured at TEDx, The Steve Harvey Show, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Columbia Business School and more. In addition, she is a contributor for Inc. & Entrepreneur Magazine.


Jessica Schaeffer

Jessica Schaeffer, senior director of marketing, communications, LaSalle Network

Schaeffer is senior director of marketing, communications at LaSalle Network, a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm honored with more than 100 culture and revenue-based awards. Since joining LaSalle Network eight years ago, Schaeffer oversees all of LaSalle Network’s marketing and branding initiatives. She has been quoted in Fast Company, Forbes, and Marketing News magazine, and has been featured on FOX Good Day Chicago, ABC Chicago, and WGN.


Leo Sheridan

Leo Sheridan, chief executive officer and president, Advanced Group

Sheridan is chief executive officer and president of the Advanced Group, a staffing and outsourcing solutions provider with offices across the U.S. In 1988, Sheridan founded Advanced Resources, and as the firm quickly expanded, he added additional businesses to create the Advanced Group. Today, the Advanced Group includes Advanced Resources, Advanced Clinical, the WunderLand Group, and Advanced RPO. A community-focused leader, when he’s not driving Advanced Group forward, he is an active volunteer, board member and advisor for both professional organizations and nonprofits, with a focus on diversity, gender equality and underserved youth. Sheridan has provided leadership to a variety of professional organizations, including TechServe Alliance and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is the chairman of the ASA board of directors.


Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor, founder and chief executive officer, Actionable.co

Taylor founded Actionable in 2008 with the goal of helping leaders and teams access new ideas through Actionable Books. As the Actionable community grew, Taylor found his mission: to harness technology and the power of behavioral change to build more effective organizations. More than 10 years later, Actionable is used in over 400 organizations in 14 countries. A sought-after speaker and the creator of the 21st Century Workplace podcast, Taylor is deeply knowledgeable about the forces impacting today’s culture change and learning and development landscape. Before founding Actionable, Taylor held senior sales and marketing leadership roles in advertising and consumer goods companies.


Shad E. Tidler

Shad E. Tidler, consultant, Lushin and Associates

Tidler brings a level of intensity, discipline, and contagious enthusiasm to his work and life, as well as a healthy appreciation for both challenge and change. Over the last 15 years, Tidler has worked in sales, business development, market strategy, rate negotiation and pricing management, contract negotiation, and operations in the transportation/logistics/supply chain industry in the US and Asia. Over the past five years, Tidler has used his experience as a student and teacher to help business owners and their sales teams in various industries, including the staffing industry, fight through the challenges of managing and growing a strong sales pipeline. He works with sales teams by challenging their current mindset, techniques, and behaviors to build a high-growth sales organization. He knows how to loosen up the room and facilitate engaging sessions so that people walk away with a greater understanding of how to increase their sales potential and competitive advantage in the marketplace.


Dee Williams

Dee Williams, founder, IDENTIFIZE Consulting

Williams is the founder of IDENTIFIZE Consulting. She is passionate about sourcing, recruiting, and staffing. She understands the power of building strong relationships within niche circles. Identifize Consulting is the number one resource globally for sourcing, recruiting and staffing, and training and coaching services for recruitment and staffing businesses.


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