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November 2008 Panel Bios
Region 4 Workforce Development Director
State of Ohio, Workforce and Top Talent Division
Mary Benedict comes from a diverse background of education, social service and business training. She taught seven years for Ohio Hi Point Career Center in ISO 9000 internal auditing and successfully implemented Lean./Six Sigma training at Honda of America. She also served as Business Services Representative for the Champaign County Department of Jobs and Family Services by performing Retention and Expansion surveys and connecting businesses to recruitment and placement services. In 2005, she joined the Ohio Department of Development as Senior Workforce Development Specialist and provided administrative advisement for the Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Most recently, she accepted the position of Regional Workforce Development Directors for Region 4. As part of her duties, she administers grant funds to existing and new companies and coordinates state and local resources to aid in company expansions.Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University. In 2006, she was conferred a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.
Session Leader: Arlene Roane
Senior Vice President
Arlene Roane is the practice lead for diversity and inclusion and heads the firms Cincinnati office. She has 25 years of corporate managerial and consulting experience in a range of industries including communications, IT/software development, retail and commercial banking, consumer product manufacturing, and healthcare.Energetic, engaging, and very informative are the words commonly used to describe Arlene’s style of delivery. She challenges participants to think and share their experiences. She draws upon her life and work as an African American woman going to MIT, a corporate executive and a parent of three including a child with learning disabilities to bring to life the challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion. Arlene also delivers on the need for concrete information, references and data that provides participants with a firm foundation for learning and growth.
Moderator: Nancy J. Reisz, MBA, MT (ASCP)
Nancy Riesz, MBA, is a nationally-known interpersonal effectiveness expert, who teaches people how to work together… better. During her 20+ years in the clinical laboratory and in-vitro diagnostics industry, Nancy earned a reputation for blending practical business strategies with challenge, inspiration and results.Nancy earned a MBA in Management from Xavier University’s Executive Program, a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati and a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Nancy is President of Success Catalyst, a certified Woman Business Enterprise, which she founded in 1993. She is an adjunct professor at Xavier University, a member of the Chapter Leadership Council of National Speakers Association and International Coach Federation, a member of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber Small Business Advisory Board, a United Way Ambassador, a Rotarian, a member of the Executive Women Golf Association and a Hospice of Cincinnati volunteer.
John F. Lewis, Jr.
John F. Lewis Jr. is a 4th generation Ohioian, his family tracing Ohio roots to the mid 1800’s. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his law degree from Capital University Law School (Columbus, Ohio) He is a licensed attorney with experience in international business, venture capital investments and economic development. He is currently the Vice President of BioOhio, the business development, trade association and membership organization accelerating bioscience economic growth and quality of healthcare in Ohio.
John leads BioOhio’s bi-directional investment, site selection and bioscience attraction efforts and is an outspoken advocate for industry led, market facing academic/industry collaborations. During the last seven years, John has helped raise more than $850 million for Ohio life science entities. He is a founding partner of the First Fifty Fund and Ohio TechAngel Fund both based in Columbus. John has more than 18 years international experience, lived in Jamaica, Korea and China, while traveling to more than 42 others.
Larry S. Imely
In his career before search, Mr. Imely led sales organizations and managed P&L centers in four businesses. He holds a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Administration from the University of Toledo. He has published several articles in the human capital arena and speaks frequently on the evolving world of search/research. He also sits on the Ohio Board of Myasthenia Gravis.
Dr. Karen King
Associate Professor and Chair, Biology
Coordinator of the Clinical Research Certificate Program
University of Cincinnati
Raymond Walters College
Dr. Karen King is an Associate Professor of Biology at University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Science at Florida State University. As department chair, she has programmatic, managerial and fiscal responsibilities for the Biology Department. Additionally, she is responsible for coordinating the Clinical Research Professional Certificate Program offered at University of Cincinnati where she develops and teaches clinical research courses for this program.
Senior Talent Assessment Consultant/Recruiter
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson Company
As a senior Talent Assessment consultant at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Chris combines aspects of executive recruiting and human resources. His responsibilities range from recruitment, talent management, and compensation for half the business units of the Blue Ash medical device maker. Chris' 19 years in recruiting in Cincinnati have spanned work within search firms, his own consulting firm and two corporate recruiting roles in the biotech space. Chris entered recruiting in 1990 with CBS Personnel, working a recruiting desk in industrial sales and the travel and tourism industry. He founded and ran Travel Personnel, his own consulting recruiting firm in the Travel Industry for 8 years. Kendle International, a contract research organization recruited him into the drug development industry. After managing the staffing team and installing recruiting technology, Chris moved to J&J's Global Recruiting organization, a collection of 300 professional recruiters assigned to one of the 250 operating companies under the J&J umbrella, in this case, Blue Ash based Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a 1,900 employee market leading medical device maker.
Senior Director Human Resource
Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Ms. Dale has been a human resources professional for 13 years. She has worked in a variety of industries and corporate cultures from Fidelity Investments to Marriott International. She is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources for Meridian Bioscience, Inc., where she is responsible for all HR strategy including: benefits and compensation administration, employee relations, recruitment/hiring, talent management, and policy. Ms. Dale earned her Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management and her Masters degree in Labor and Employment Relations from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Society for Human Resources Management.