Keynote Speaker: Shari Harley, Founder and President, Candid Culture

Shari Harley is known globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business communication speaker. Her keynote speeches and conference breakout sessions are high energy, packed with useful business communication training techniques and are way more fun than participants could even hope to expect. 

Shari Harley, author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone, is known globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker. Her international training firm, Candid Culture, is making it easier to tell the truth at work. Shari is bringing candor back to the workplace. A former HR practitioner and operations leader, Shari’s practical approach has led her to speak and train in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai and Australia. From ‘Making Meetings Work’ and ‘Delegating Better’ to ‘Managing Your Career’ and ‘Saying Anything to Anyone,’ Shari’s tips are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct and very funny way. Watch videos and learn more about Shari at www.candidculture.com.

 

Johnny Lampert

Johnny Lampert is considered one of the premier comedians in the country. He is a regular at New York City’s and Los Angeles’ best comedy clubs including Carolines on Broadway, The Comic Strip and The Improv and has also made numerous television appearances on MTV, A&E, NBC, HBO “Comedy Showcase” a multitude of shows on Comedy Central and most recently on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live! Johnny’s four wildly successful appearances at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Festival led to his being named “Best Act” by The Montreal Gazette as well as the signing of a sitcom deal with Walt Disney Television. Johnny was also honored recently with, not one, but two of his routines being chosen for inclusion in the soon to be released book, “The Best Comedy Routines, Period” (Rugged Land Books, NY).

In the casinos, Johnny has appeared at The Mirage, Foxwoods, Caesars Palace and The Claridge where he has worked with such stars as Dana Carvey, Michael Bolton, Chicago and Chris Rock. Johnny has also headlined the main room at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun and Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel & Casino. 

   

Wardell Sanders, Esq., President, New Jersey Association of Health Plans

Since 2006, Ward has served as the President of the state trade association that represents the major health plans in New Jersey, including all five Medicaid MCOs. 

Ward is a recognized expert on health care policy, speaking to national and regional audiences and is a frequent commentator on TV.  In 2014, Inside New Jersey and Star Ledger writers named Ward one of New Jersey’s 100 most influential residents.

Ward served for 15 years in State government positions -- as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program/Small Employer Health Benefits Program Boards and as Deputy Attorney General.

Ward is a 1991 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and was the student commencement speaker.  Ward is also a 1984 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.  

Prior to earning his law degree, Ward worked in Washington, D.C. for the International Center, a human rights and foreign policy research organization.

Ward lives in Lambertville where he has been elected four times to Lambertville’s City Council and has served on a number of local bodies. Ward is also involved in the Lambertville Youth Basketball Association, serving as a volunteer coach and referee since 2005.

Janet Trautwein, CEO NAHU

 

Janet Trautwein is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and President of the National Association of Health Underwriters Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.  NAHU represents more than 100,000 employee benefits professionals involved in the design, implementation and management of health plans all over the United States.  Her responsibilities include oversight of all NAHU and NAHU Education Foundation activities including oversight for 30 staff members in Washington, DC and 210 state and local chapters.   She is the primary spokesperson for NAHU to the media, government agencies and elected officials at all levels.  A frequent speaker on health policy issues, Janet’s expertise in issues related to health insurance markets, the uninsured, health insurance pools, risk and reinsurance pooling, health related tax issues, and both national and global health reform has been recognized throughout the industry. Janet has testified before Congress numerous times, and has been published in major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs around the world.