Morning Breakout Session
August 12, 2020
 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Hiring shortages are a reality many of us face.  Without creative hiring, many jobs go unfilled, or worse yet, poorly filled.  Hiring is not the same game it was when many of you entered the workforce.  At the same time, some of us may have undergone an industry change without missing a beat because of our skill sets.  Attendees will hear firsthand how a former nurse now successfully serves as a production lead for a global ag company.  But she didn't get there without the creative resources employed by leadership.  Creative hiring is here to stay.  Equip yourself with new ways of looking at potential hires who may not have seemed like the obvious choice at first glance.

Breakout Facilitator:  Mickie French

Mickie French is a Global Marketing & Sustainability Communications Vice President with more than 18 years' experience driving growth while shifting brands to purpose-driven positioning throughout the food chain including the CPG, ingredient and agriculture sectors.  As a strategic innovation partner to the C-Suite, she leads business transformations, drives cost agendas, and builds new markets.  Her career has spanned B2C, B2B, digital, advertising and PR agency roles.  Most recently Mickie served in the Innovation and Commercial Development Division of global food ingredient company, Tate & Lyle.  She positioned the brand as an industry leader through driving marketing across four regions and creating first sustainable agriculture program with Land O'Lakes Sustain.

Mickie holds an MBA in international business from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from University of Nebraska.  Multilingual in Spanish and French with a working knowledge of German, Hungarian, Mandarin, Russian, Mickie currently lives Stateside in the Chicagoland Area where she can be found year-round on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Breakout Expert:  Mark Wohlford, Bose McKinney Evans

Mark Wohlford is an associate in the Labor and Employment, and Litigation Groups of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.  Mark assists clients with a wide array of labor and employment matters including employment litigation, discrimination and wrongful termination defense, wage claims, non-compete, confidentiality, and non-solicitation agreements, and compliance with FMLA, ADA, FLSA, and other employment-related state and federal statutes.  Mark has represented clients at the local, state and federal level in employment-related disputes and has conduced independent investigations into alleged discriminatory actions and misconduct for both private and public entities. 

In addition to his work in labor and employment law, Mark also has experience representing clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil rights litigation.

 Breakout Expert:  Jenny Drewry, Sun King Brewery

Jennifer D. Drewry is Vice President of Government Affairs and Compliance for Sun King Brewing Company.  In that capacity, Jenny advises Sun King in all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industry and related governmental agency practices and procedures.  In addition, she is a registered lobbyist in Indiana and manages the legislative affairs on behalf of Sun King.

Jenny received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in May 1999, graduating with honors. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2002.  Jenny is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.  



 Breakout Expert: Bethany Gremel, Beck's Hybrids

Bethany was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm outside of Greentown, Indiana. She is a 10-year Indiana 4-H member and a proud alumnus of Purdue University. Bethany has worked in the People Development and Human Resource field for fourteen years and currently serves as the Director of Culture and Brand Experience for Beck’s Hybrids. 

Bethany’s mission is to bring glory to our Lord and Savior so that we may know His great love for us, serve others and solve business problems. She is a graduate of the Indiana Ag Leadership Program, is an Advisory Board Member for the CHERISH Center in Hamilton County, serves on the Hamilton Heights Superintendent Advisory Board, is a current class member of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and is a member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church. Bethany resides in northeastern Hamilton County with her husband of nine years and their three children. 

  This breakout session is sponsored by: