Rodney H. Scaife

Rodney H. Scaife currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Aerotek Inc., a leader in the Recruiting and Staffing Industry, and is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for the company. In this capacity, he leads the development of the company’s People Strategy and Strategic direction of its Human Capital Initiatives.

Prior to Aerotek, he was with Freddie Mac, where he held the position of Senior Director of Human Resources, a Lead HR Business Partner role supporting the Divisions of Human Resources, Corporate Services, Operations & Technology and the offices of CEO & COO. Prior to Freddie Mac, Rodney spent over five years with Internet giant AOL as a Global Human Resources Business Partner and Director of Global HR Solutions & HR Program Delivery.

His professional career has spanned over 20 years and taken two paths; 15 years in various Sales and Operations leadership positions, with Keebler Company, Pepsi-Co, and Footstar Inc. before moving into the Human Resources Discipline.

Rodney holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Delta State University and completed his Executive Education studies at Cornell University, focusing on Strategic Human Resources. He is a member of The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Rodney serves on the Board of Directors for The Metropolitan Chorus in Arlington, Virginia and for the National Association of African American in Human Resources, Washington DC chapter.

Stephanie Burns

Stephanie Burns, CEO of Chic CEO

Chic CEO, LLC Founder & CEO Entrepreneurs with style.

Ed’s special guest is Stephanie Burns, CEO of Chic-CEO, a company and website dedicated to giving women practical information to start and help grow their dream of owning and succeeding in their own business. Chic-CEO was named one of Forbes top-100 websites for women in 2011!

At Chic CEO (pronounced sheek ceo), we believe women should have the business knowledge and support they need right at their polished fingertips. We created this website as a resource for all the amazing women we’ve met who either didn’t know how to implement their ideas or were too afraid to take the plunge. At Chic CEO you’ll find easy to understand, easy to implement business knowledge in its most basic form. Best of all, you’ll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences simply because someone else did the same for them. The ground level information is here for you to get started in being your own boss – the rest is up to you.

Mark Wilbur

Since joining Employers Group in March, 2007 as the youngest CEO in the association’s 111-year history, Mark Wilbur has brought an extraordinary level of energy and leadership to steadfastly transform the organization and re-establish it as the industry leader in human resources professional services; further, he has set new standards in member care and assistance.

Before joining Employers Group, Mark was the Associate Dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) for three years, leading many efforts from external affairs, development and executive education, including developing customized solutions for companies to help meet the critical needs of their employees and executives. Prior to USC, Mark was a Partner in Business Consulting at Arthur Andersen, developing solutions for clients across the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Mark’s professional experience and expertise are in strategic planning, business process design, customer relationship management, organizational change, customer service design and enhancement, as well as global operations and service integration. He’s served some of California’s most prized companies, including most of the major entertainment companies. Furthermore, Mark is a sought after speaker on a variety of topics, including leadership, hiring practices, retention, customer service and process improvement and delivering to national conventions, corporate events, and university classrooms.

Mark earned his BA and MBA from USC. On the personal side, he is also the volunteer Head Coach of USC’s successful ice hockey team and is supported by his wife Therese, a professor in marketing at USC, and their two daughters, Marie (age 14) and Izabel (age 10), who “keep him running 24/7!”

Richard Bahner

Richard R. Bahner is a Human Resources Change Leader focused on Human Resources ROI, Top Tier Coaching, Succession Planning, Talent Management, HR Strategy Alignment, Cross-Cultural Teams, Coaching / Career Management Systems to drive business change. Currently he is launching the CareerDNA Assessment Tool in the US.

He has been helping various clients execute their business expansion plans in the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

He has helped build Human Resources Teams, aligning HR Strategies to the Business Strategy, and improving HR ROI support processes.

He has held corporate positions in human resources including: SVP Human Resources for Deutsche Bank Financial Services.

He had overall responsibility for managing the change of this unit from a Product Focused Business to an Industry Focused Organization, improving business results 32% in 14 months.

Prior to that Mr. Bahner served as Vice President Human Resources for Citibank North Asia, in Hong Kong.

Dana Shaw

Dana Shaw Vice President, Global Center of Excellence – TAPFIN

Dana Shaw leads TAPFIN’s new Managed Service Provider (MSP) global Center of Excellence. In this role, she is responsible for efficiently driving innovative and effective solutions that meet clients’ rapidly growing demand for streamlined global management of workforce providers.

To accomplish this, Shaw brings together the best global and regional resources across 82 countries to provide the global framework for delivering workforce solutions that ensure the most value for clients.

Shaw most recently served as senior vice president of strategy and solutions at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA).

Best known as a recognized expert in the contingent labor marketplace, she consulted with a broad range of staffing, solutions and Fortune 500 companies on how to advance their business models and optimize their contingent labor programs. Shaw also led SIA’s strategic initiatives related to sales, member services, and all buyer-related research, content, conferences and webinars.

She was also featured in more than 100 public forums as a leader in helping companies anticipate what’s next. Drawing on 11 years in senior roles at contingent labor firms, Shaw frequently tackled challenging industry topics around proprietary technology and vendor management systems (VMS), compliance, training, implementation, global sales, ROI modeling and communication

James Dyak

James Dyak of Human Resources Dimensions, Inc.

James (Jim) Dyak, SPHR, is Managing Principal of Human Resource Dimensions, Inc.

Prior to founding Human Resource Dimensions and acquiring the assets of RA Clark Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia, Jim spent six years with CH2M HILL in South Florida, Beijing, PRC, and Atlanta, GA. Jim’s roles with CH2M HILL ranged from Vice President and Area Manager in South Florida to Northern Asia Business Manager responsible for all shared services in China, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.

Jim was Chief Administrative Officer and Board member of Gee & Jenson Engineers-Architects-Planners, Inc. prior to its sale to CH2M HILL in 2002.

Prior to Gee & Jenson, he held positions with MSE Corporation and Public Service Indiana in Human Resource Management. He began his professional career as a Staff Psychologist after receiving his Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati and graduate degree in Industrial Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He has been an active member of SHRM for more than 25 years, serving on both local and national committees and boards. Jim is lifetime SPHR certified and is currently on the SHRM Global Panel. Through 2009 he served on the Atlanta Worldwide Employee Benefits Network steering committee and as the Vice President for Volunteer Opportunities and Placement for the SHRM Atlanta Chapter. He is currently a Board Member and Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Personnel Services (GAPS).

Laura Goodrich

Laura Goodrich, Workplace Relationship Expert

How To Get More of What You Want

Laura Goodrich, an internationally recognized expert in the field of workplace dynamics and relationships meets with host Ed Cohen today. Visit Laura’s website, Seeing Red Cars
SO…How can you get more of what you want?

Seeing Red Cars is a full-length Star Thrower program that encourages audiences to focus on what they DO want instead of focusing on what they don’t! By having a positive attitude and taking action, viewers will be motivated to move in the right direction for themselves and for their organization. Hosted by Laura Goodrich, trainer and consultant, this unique and engaging program helps audiences make better decisions, combat negativity, and create a positive environment

Anna Carsen

Anna Carsen, VP of Products Management for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Inc, is an industry thought leader for Mobile HR Solutions.

Cynthia Burnham

Cynthia Burnham, author of The Charisma Edge tells us how we can all gain that special “something” called charisma.


… a highly-experienced senior management development consultant who brings her clients extensive expertise in motivational leadership, executive presence, communications alignment and sales. Called a “charisma coach” by her clients, she helps leaders become more confident and aware so they can connect more powerfully with important employees, colleagues and customers. Recent representative clients have included Booz Allen Hamilton, Sony, SAIC, SPAWAR, Biosite, Qualcomm, Illumina, State Farm Insurance, Northrop Grumman and L-3.

Her ability to help companies and individuals understand, integrate and accelerate change has made her an invaluable asset to the organizations with which she has worked. Prior to returning to her home, San Diego, in 2005, Cynthia was Senior Vice President, Director of Employee Relations & Learning for the Wall Street firm, UBS Financial Services. In that capacity, she led multiple groups for the 20,000 U.S. employees of the division and participated in numerous global initiatives. She managed a full-service field and home office training department, as well as Corporate Employee Relations, which created Human Resources policies and programs and included a widely-acclaimed internal alternate dispute resolution department. She also managed the Diversity function on an interim basis during an extended search for a Director of Diversity, and she is well-grounded in the resolution of cross-cultural issues. Cynthia earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from U.C.L.A., and a B.A. in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and spent a year in Bordeaux, France. She speaks conversational French and is a professional singer and songwriter, living in Descanso, CA. She is also certified in Laughter Yoga.



Bill Treasurer

Bill is Ed’s special guest. Bill Treasurer is Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a Courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations live more courageously.

Bill is considered the originator of the new organizational development practice of “courage-building”. Bill is the author of Courage Goes to Work, a book about how to inspire more courageous behavior in workplace settings. The book became the 6th bestselling management book in China.

Bill’s first book, Right Risk is about how to take smart risks, and draws on Treasurer’s experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.

Bill’s newest material is titled Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. As a comprehensive off-the-shelf training program, the material is designed to help organizational development practitioners and training professionals inspire more courageous behavior in their organizations. Learn more at

Bill’s insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor’s Business Daily. Bill’s insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Business-to-Business, Parents Magazine, Redbook, Women’s Day, Fitness, and The Harvard Management Update.

Since 1991 Bill has conducted over 500 corporate workshops and webinars for notable clients such as NASA, Accenture,, Bank of America Merchant Services, CNN, Spanx, the Center for Creative Leadership, UBS Bank, EarthLink, PNC Bank, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bill is a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team. For seven years he traveled throughout the world performing with a team of high performing athletes. During that time, Bill did over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet…sometimes on fire!

Bill holds an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended West Virginia University on a full athletic scholarship for springboard diving.