Talent Summit


Mary N. Chaney

Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP, CIPP/US has over 30 years of progressive experience within the fields of Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a B.S.B.A with a STEM related focus on Information Systems and became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas in 1999.

Ms. Chaney began her career journey by serving as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Los Angeles. While with the FBI she investigated all types of cyber related criminal activities, including denial of service attacks, computer intrusions, internet piracy, intellectual property theft, and copyright infringement. As a collateral duty she also served as the Associate Chief Information Security Officer and Information Systems Security Officer, where she was responsible for physical, building, information systems, and personnel security.

Mary serves the overall cybersecurity community in multiple ways. She serves on several advisory boards including: Post University, where she helps develop strategies on improving the cybersecurity curriculum to ensure students are more prepared to enter the cybersecurity workforce upon graduation; and The Cyber Law Consortium which primarily focuses on educating its members on the key issues, and the potential dangers and consequences, for businesses dealing with cybersecurity and data privacy issues.

Currently Mary owns the nonprofit, Minorities in Cybersecurity, Inc. (MiC) and its subsidiary, MiC Talent Solutions, Inc. MiC focuses on support, leadership and career development for minorities, women, and non-binary talent in cybersecurity. MiC Talent Solutions, Inc. provides cybersecurity apprenticeships, recruiting, direct hire, augmented staff, and professional service contracting solutions for organizations searching for minority, women, and non-binary cybersecurity talent. Both organizations are working together to develop a path to entry for underrepresented groups into the cybersecurity profession and support their growth and advancement throughout their career.

Tony Denhart

Tony Denhart joined the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as the executive vice president of talent and workforce on Jan. 3, 2022. Prior, Denhartmost recently served as the University Relations Director for GE Corporate.

In his role, Denhartreports to Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers to help connect Hoosier businesses and talent resources including universities, government agencies and resources, as well as community and education stakeholders. The goal to make it as easy as possible for employers to develop robust talent pipelines, meet hiring goals and implement training and development programs. He also represents the IEDC as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.


Denhartjoins the IEDC with more than 30 years of developing early career talent attraction strategies and engaging with university recruiting and student relations. Most recently, he led the strategy and implementation of university relations, full-time and internship university hiring needs, military, diversity and campus recruitment initiatives, branding strategy and execution, and research collaboration at GE. Denhartbegan his career in 1989 as a GE field engineer, in the Field Engineering Program. After several roles of increasing responsibility at GE Power, in 2007, he was promoted to the role of senior services leader where he was responsible for the Midwest region, all client success, field operations and full profit and loss.

Denhartwas also involved in his alma mater Purdue University, serving as the Campus Relations Leader (CRL) for six years. As the CRL, he oversaw the recruiting cycle, relationships with the deans, faculty, administration, student organizations and research collaboration. Denhartdrove the partnership to new levels where student interaction increased, hiring increased and collaborative research increased by ten times.

Dick Finnegan

Dick Finnegan is the global turnover expert, having cut turnover by 30% and more for healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, distribution centers, call centers, and other industries…and on all six inhabited continents.

Dick has authored the top-selling SHRM-published book, The Power of Stay Interviews, along with four other books. BusinessWeek magazine has said “Finnegan offers fresh thinking for solving the turnover problem in any economy”. He has been similarly cited by Forbes and Consulting Magazine.

As a supremely rated speaker, Dick Finnegan opens executives’ eyes to turnover’s mega-impact on their productivity and profits, and provides strongly-researched and business-driven ways to fix turnover, comparing those same solutions to the ways organizations improve sales and service.

As a supremely rated speaker, Dick Finnegan opens executives’ eyes to turnover’s mega-impact on their productivity and profits, and provides strongly-researched and business-driven ways to fix turnover, comparing those same solutions to the ways organizations improve sales and service.

He holds bachelors and graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Chad Frazell

Chad Frazell has been the Chief Human Resources Officer for Casey’s since January 1, 2020. He is responsible for the human resources function serving approximately 45,000 team members at over 2,600 stores in Casey’s 17 state footprint. Prior to Casey’s, he was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for five and a half years at Tractor Supply Company, where he reported to the CEO in the same role. Before TSC, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Shopko for three and half years and spent 12 years at Kohl’s Department Stores in progressive HR leadership positions. Frazell began his career working in a variety of store management roles at Target and Walmart. An Iowa native, Frazell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Northern Iowa.

Denise Graziano

Denise Graziano is a strategic advisor and expert in organizational communication and change. She is regularly featured in the media and is best selling author of Talent is a Team Sport. She is CEO of Graziano Associates, a boutique consulting firm that solves today’s talent, management and communication challenges.

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Brigadier General (Ret) Rich Gross

Brigadier General Rich Gross is an experienced C-Suite executive, seasoned leader, senior legal counsel, and strategic advisor with deep experience in government, nonprofits, and private industry. He has senior executive experience as both in-house and outside legal counsel and has led cross-functional teams, both large and small, across the globe. Brigadier General Gross is a current member of the Thayer Leadership faculty.

For over 35 years, Rich has been a servant-leader in critical leadership and advisor positions, building teams and providing seasoned counsel on military and business matters with global implications. He served over 30 years in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and judge advocate and deployed multiple times to combat zones. In the latter part of his military career, he was the principal legal advisor for the Joint Special Operations Command, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan/NATO International Security Assistance Force, and U.S. Central Command. In his final military assignment, he was promoted to brigadier general and served as the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to his military service, Rich has trained executives on strategic communications; was a partner at a veteran-owned DC-based law firm; was the general counsel and chief compliance officer for a mid-sized global company; and was the general counsel and senior advisor for a DC-based strategic advisory firm. 

Joe V La Mantia III

Joe is passionate about realigning the incentives in Health Care and removing obstacles to high quality, high value care. He is the co-founder of BevCap Captive Group, a homogeneous property and casualty insurance captive. He also co-foundedBevCap Health Captive, Cell Captive, BevCap Management, a program manager and insurance agency, Retro Health, a disease management company, Patients Choice, a care navigation company, and Integrity Insights.

He is a director of Validation Institute, HBGH Houston Business Group Health and Texas Medical Management.

Joe has a very diverse background. From 1978 to 1998, Joe served as the financial officer to various family owned agricultural businesses, Including farming, ranching, packing shed, gift shipping operations, leasing company, and computer services company. From 2010 to 2018, he was CEO of family beer operations and he served on the Anheuser Wholesaler panel for five years, including one year as its chairman.

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General (Ret) Joe Martin

General (Ret) Joe Martin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and commissioned as an Armor Officer.  General (Ret) Martin most recently served as the 37th Vice Chief of Staff, Army; responsible for running a 1.3-million-person global organization with an operating budget of $173 billion.  In this role, he directed the management of executive talent involving 703 senior enterprise-level executives and 4,000 upper-level executives, to include selection, assignment, discipline, and mentorship.  While meeting several goals such as improving diversity retention, this oversight improved the Army’s ability to develop and retain the very best leaders. General (Ret) Martin is a current member of the Thayer Leadership faculty.

During his 37 years of service, he commanded conventional military forces at every level in organizations ranging from 60 to 15,000 Soldiers.  His career included five combat tours in Iraq.  Notable, he led a 20-country coalition that successfully liberated Mosul, Iraq from the Islamic State Caliphate.  He is also responsible for developing a knowledge management process within the Army that enabled staffs and their leaders to purposefully interact in support of commander decision making; dramatically improving performance, morale, and cohesion. General Martin preceded his assignment as the Vice Chief of Staff as the Director of the Army Staff, Commanding General First Infantry Division and the Commanding General of the United States Army National Training Center; the largest capability of its kind in the world that provides U.S. military units and personnel with realistic pre-deployment training scenarios in all aspects of armed conflict. 

Colonel (Ret) Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.

Colonel (Ret) Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.  is a soldier-scholar who served in a variety of command and staff positions, stateside and overseas, during her 27-year Army career, including command of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, the largest artillery battery in the Army at the time. Some of her other assignments include service in a tactical Military Intelligence battalion in Germany, executive officer of 1/30th Field Artillery Battalion, Deputy G2 (Intelligence) of III Corps Artillery, both at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, political-military planner and counter-proliferation strategist for United States Forces Korea, and executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategy and Policy, United States Forces Korea/Commanding General, Marine Corps Forces-Korea. Colonel (Ret) McDermott is a current member of the Thayer Leadership faculty.

Pilar retired from active military duty on July 1, 2013 as a Professor of History and Chief, International Division, Department of History, United States Military Academy. Upon her retirement in 2013, Pilar received the Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange, awarded to those “who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders.” Pilar was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame in May 2016. 

Robert A. McDonald

Robert A. “Bob” McDonald was nominated by President Obama to serve as the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on July 29, 2014.

Secretary McDonald led VA in its ambitious transformational journey to be a world-class service provider and the No. 1 customer-service agency in the Federal government to give Veterans consistent, high-quality experiences. The Harvard Business School judged that, thanks to Secretary McDonald’s leadership, the MyVA “team had made impressive progress.”

Before joining VA, Bob McDonald was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Under his leadership, P&G significantly recalibrated its product portfolio, added nearly one billion people to its global customer base, and grew organic sales by an average of three percent per year. This growth was reflected in P&G’s stock price that rose from $51.10 the day he became CEO to $81.64 the day his last quarterly results were announced—a 60 percent increase from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure, P&G was widely recognized for its leader development prowess. Chief Executive Magazine named P&G the best company for developing leader talent. The Hay Group consistently cited P&G in its top-tier listing of Best Companies for Leadership.

Bob McDonald is personally and professionally committed to values-based leadership and to improving the lives of others. Bob and his wife, Diane, are the founders of The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at West Point. Bob is Chairman of the Board of the West Point Association of Graduates, and Chairman of the Board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. He served as April and Jay Graham Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, advocating for post-9/11 Veterans. In 2020 Bob was appointed to President Biden’s Transition Advisory Board.  He currently serves on the Audia Group and Every Cure Board of Advisors.

An Army Veteran, Bob served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Jungle, Arctic, and Desert Warfare Training. And he earned the Ranger tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist Wings. He received the Meritorious Service Medal upon leaving military service. Bob McDonald and his wife are the parents of two grown children and the proud grandparents of three grandsons and three granddaughters.

Major General William Rapp, Ph.D.

Major General William Rapp, Ph.D. has extensive experience in leader development, having taught as a resident lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, where he ran the leader development program for active-duty military and intelligence fellows and directed the top-level executive education program for senior managers and executives. He now consults and teaches on leadership. As the Commandant (president) of the Army War College, he designed and ran the Army’s strategic leadership program for one to three-star generals, while leading the college in its mission to help senior officers and civilians make the transition from operational to strategic leadership. As the Commandant of Cadets at West Point, he led the leadership and character development programs for the 4,400 cadets. Major General Rapp is a current member of the Thayer Leadership faculty.

In over 42 months in combat, Bill led an engineer company in the first Gulf War, commanded a 3,000-soldier brigade in the Iraq War, served as General Petraeus’ personal assistant during the Iraq Surge, and commanded over 17,000 troops supplying all resource needs of the 160,000 U.S. and international force in Afghanistan in 2011-12. He also served as the Army’s senior liaison to the U.S. Congress. 

Darren Rebelez

Darren Rebelez is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Casey’s (NASDAQ: CASY), a FORTUNE 500 company operating over 2,600 convenience stores throughout the Midwest and South. As CEO of the third largest convenience retailer and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States, Rebelez offers a wealth of experience from his career as a senior executive in the convenience, restaurant and fuel industries.

Under Rebelez’ leadership, Casey’s has undergone a remarkable transformation, including several significant milestones: a brand modernization/reimaging, closing several significant acquisitions (including the largest in the company’s history), a digital transformation including the first rewards platform that currently boasts over 7.5 million members, launching a new e-commerce platform, relaunching the company’s private brand business, and publishing the company’s first ESG report.

Prior to Casey’s, Rebelez served as the President of IHOP Restaurants, a unit of Dine Brands Global, Inc.. While leading IHOP, the company grew to become the largest full service restaurant brand in the USA. Previous to IHOP, Rebelez worked at 7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience store chain, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before 7-Eleven, Darren held numerous leadership roles within ExxonMobil Corporation. 

Preceding his civilian career, Darren was an Army Ranger and Gulf War veteran.  A native of San Diego, he is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Area Studies. He went on to also earn an MBA from the University of Houston.

In addition to his role at Casey’s, Darren serves on the board of directors of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), and as an advisory board member for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

New York, NY: ​​​Chief Executive's Corporate Citizenship Awards 2017

Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.