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McPherson|Berry understands the human resources needs of small business. We created the TaleMx HR Summit to provide updates and best practices facing the workplace. This summit is designed to assist small/medium organizations business owners, leaders, managers, and HR professionals manage their companies more effectively.

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* The agenda is subject to change

LaSonya Berry

Summit Host and CEO, McPherson|Berry

Bridget A. Blinn-Spears

Employment & Labor Counsel,

Nexsen Pruet

Eric Watson

Senior Consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group

Terrence W. Hight, Jr.

Co-founder and CEO, The Business and Brand

Ronda Jackson

Chief Workplace Stylist &

Principal, Decor Interior Design, Inc

Rory Callahan

Vice President, Brown and Moore

Shaza Ibrahim

Founder, Mind the GAHP

Dr. Curtis Cheeks

Medical Doctor & CEO, Primary Care Plus

Dr. Kathy Scott-Gurnell

Licensed Psychiatrist, Optum Health

Gwendolyn F. Turner

Head of Equity, Inclusion Diversity and Talent Engagement, Northwest Permanente

Erika Broadwater

National President, NAAAHR 

TA Manager/HR CoE at Essity




LaSonya Berry

Terrence W. Hight, Jr.

Rhonda Jackson



Rory Callahan

Dr. Curtis Cheeks



Shaza Ibrahim



Bridget A. Blinn-Spears



Eric Watson

Dr. Kathy Scott-Gurnell

Gwendolyn F. Turner


Coming Soon



Dr. Cheeks is a native of Georgia but was raised in the Palmetto state of South Carolina.  When he completed his college career at South Carolina State University, he returned to Georgia to attend Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his medical degree and completed his residency in Family Medicine. Dr. Cheeks is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and the Cellular Medicine Association (CMA).  He is a ringside physician and member of the Georgia State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Association and the USA Amateur Boxing Association. He enjoys movies, sports, and anything electronic.

Healthcare Provider Perspective

Focus, Function, and Flexibility

Session #1

10:00 AM ET

Compliant Workforce Management in a Pandemic




Bridget Blinn-Spears is a recognized litigator who helps employers navigate the complexities and peculiarities of managing each unique workforce. She also assists clients with structuring and conducting internal investigations, as well as advising on appropriate documentation and remedial measures. Her practice, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, focuses on employment-related litigation. She defends her clients in state and federal courts against claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, restrictive covenant/noncompete agreements, and wage and hour disputes - including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also handles tort claims against individual defendants.

Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Leadership

Session #2

10:00 am

Today were are experiencing extreme business challenges. COVID 19 and Racial Equity events have caused all to “pause”, mostly involuntarily. What this has given us are gifts of reflection and insight. This is occurring on a couple of levels. WHO we are as Leaders? HOW are we leading? WHAT is Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Leadership? How well we know ourselves is directly related to how we treat others and in some respects how we are treated. Race Equity can drive our Individual and Organizational success!  ARE YOU LEADING!!!




Eric Watson, Executive Consultant for the Kaleidoscope Group, is responsible for developing client strategy, chief diversity officer coaching, advisory board, and serving as a liaison and thought leader at associations and conferences. A credible industry voice and innovator, he is also accountable for market and talent development. The former President and CEO of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), Watson was responsible for the development and execution of strategy to advance business opportunities between major corporations and minority business enterprises in North Carolina, South Carolina and Central Virginia. His responsibilities included membership and funding outreach, and leadership of day-to-day operations related to services, programs, education, staff and fiscal management. With over 38 years’ experience in operations management, including more than 25 years in diversity, equity and inclusion, Watson has developed strategy, created vision and designed leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity and establish accountability within business.

The Leader’s Guide to Employee Belonging and Engagement During a Time of Crisis

Session #3

11:00 am

Best practices for race relations in the workplace.



Gwen Turner serves as the Head of  Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Talent Engagement for Northwest Permanente/Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she is responsible for a wide range of companywide programs and initiatives that support, drive, and influence diversity strategy and patient experience. She and the broader team focus on bridging the gap on health disparities, creating the Best Place to work for physicians, and instituting programs that result in exceptional patient care. Gwen has over 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience with companies including Pfizer, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, and Northwestern University. She launched a successful consulting firm focused on culture, inclusion and equity initiatives in the pharmaceutical, higher education and technology sectors.

Testing Solutions & Contact Tracing in the Workplace

Session #4

11:00 am

Managers and HR professionals are challenged with making sure the
workplace is in compliance and safe during the impact of COVID19. This
session will evaluate complete solutions to ensure a COVID-Free workplace. 

Key Takeaways:
•    Access to high efficiency employee dedicated testing
•    Providing cost effective PPE to employees 
•    Communicating an effective message




Terrence W. Hight, Jr. is the Co-founder and CEO of The Business and Brand, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm specializing in operational branding for healthcare and government organizations. For over a decade, he’s worked as a healthcare revenue cycle, laboratory, operations and technology implementation subject-matter expert with major healthcare organizations, such as: Optum360, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Dignity Health System, Northwell Health and WellStar Health System to name a few. Terrence received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Georgia State University an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University’s globally ranked Executive MBA program and is currently on faculty in Georgia State University’s Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Healthcare Provider Perspective

Session #5

1:00 pm

Corona Virus and Health Care


Dr. Cheeks is a native of Georgia but was raised in the Palmetto state of South Carolina.  When he completed his college career at South Carolina State University, he returned to Georgia to attend Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his medical degree and completed his residency in Family Medicine. Dr. Cheeks is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and the Cellular Medicine Association (CMA).  He is a ringside physician and member of the Georgia State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Association and the USA Amateur Boxing Association. He enjoys movies, sports, and anything electronic.

Updating Health Plans for Covid Changes

Session #6

1:00 pm ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on employer-sponsored health plans. This presentation summarizes health plan changes made by new laws and regulatory guidance related to COVID-19.




Rory Callahan from Brown Moore Law

Rory is an accomplished insurance, health and wellness, and technology advocate executive with over twenty years of general management and sales experience working with and for major insurance carriers.  He has a proven track record of leading sales and service teams to surpass quantitative and qualitative goals. Strong focus on sales growth, operations management, recruiting and retaining staff, strategic planning, marketing, product development, public sector expertise and client retention.  A respected leader experienced with public sector, building and maintaining high-performance cultures with an emphasis on collaboration and execution. Specialties include: General Management, Sales Management, Large Case Account Management, Operations Management, Employee Benefits Consulting, Public & Higher Education Marketing, and Strategic planning. A Graduate of Connecticut College with B.S in Government.  He enjoys basketball, fishing, golf and is a life-long Boston Celtics fan.

Improving Employee Mental Health 

Session #7

2:00 pm ET

How are we supposed to find work-life balance and address mental health concerns while navigating this new life norm? Join us as we help you to identify early signs of employee stress and anxiety, how to solicit honest employee feedback, and gain practical tips to promote positive employee mental health.

Shaza Ibrahim, an advocate for mental health awareness, has founded Mind the GAHP with the hope of inspiring others to live more consciously. Shaza has over eight years’ experience facilitating workshops on intersectional topics including, but not limited to, mental health, interpersonal violence, and rape culture. In hearing the need for mental health support in corporate environments, Mind the GAHP was created. As the Program Director, her mission is to make mental health resources more accessible and valuable in workplace environments. Shaza provides employees with skill-based tools, and resources to help them heal, grow, and succeed both personally and professionally.

Erasing Racism: The Talk

Session #8

2:00 pm ET

This session is designed to assist CEO’s and business owner’s with methods to create a safe space to begin a dialogue about race and bias. The session will offer a brief historical context to the current racial climate. The attendees will be challenged to identify their own biases and lastly offered tools for transformation.



Kathy Scott-Gurnell, M.D. has served her community as a mental health provider since 1994.  She received the following degrees: A BS of Science from The University of Texas in Austin (1983); a BA from the College of Biblical Studies (2007); MS from Texas Southern University (1985); and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (1990).   Dr. Scott-Gurnell is board certified in both Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  She retired her Private Practice of 13 years in 2007. She served as an Academician at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Texas for 15 years.  Her clinical experience is vast, and she has published in numerous academic journals and books and has presented locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Dr. Scott-Gurnell is a Behavioral Medical Director for a large Manage Care company.

The Human Workplace Experience 2020: HR Strategies to Keep You in Business 

Session #9

3:00 pm ET



LaSonya Berry is an award-winning HR consultant, author, and speaker. She is also the founder of McPherson|Berry - an industry award winning firm that provides HR consulting services, leadership development, champion diversity, equity & inclusion, and capacity building solutions to grow organizations. She is an HR thought leader that helps businesses and individuals achieve their full potential by increasing performance, driving operational excellence, minimizing risks, and building leaders.


McPherson|Berry made the exclusive HR industry Leadership 500 Excellence Award for leadership development and programs specifically for women and individuals in STEM areas. LaSonya is the mastermind behind EYE, the national business development program for minority millennial CEOs, and the Next Level Programs for increasing diverse leaders in the workplace and in business.


She has served on various boards including the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Georgia State Council, and the Carolinas Virginia Minority Development Council (CVMSDC). She frequently writes human resources content and publications, is featured in several magazines, and a sought-after national speaker. LaSonya has authored several books including “101 Power Tips for the Workplace” and the “CEO Strategy Planner” for business owners and executives.

A New Work State of Mind

Session #10

4:00 pm ET

Resilience is associated with optimism, reduced stress, increased engagement, and productivity. Creating a resilient workplace that can successfully “bounce back” and grow during uncertain times has become paramount given the challenges we face today. For people-centered organizations who hope to accelerate the return-to-work transition and reaffirm positive post-pandemic recovery, it’s absolutely crucial that we put on our New Work State of Mind.

This session will provide you with a framework and practical strategies for developing resilience in the mental and physical space across your organization.



Ronda Jackson is Native of Chicago, Illinois Ronda Jackson is a third generation entrepreneur, a mother, a licensed contractor, a certified interior designer, a YouTube show host and no stranger to hard work. Ronda has formed multiple companies, including a retail Benjamin Moore paint store.  Her design firm supports facility departments of Fortune 500 corporations. Despite the challenges of raising a family and growing her businesses, Ronda models the successful balance of both.

Race Relations and HR

Session #11

5:00 pm ET

Coming Soon




Erika Broadwater is National President, Executive Board of Directors and Office of the Chairman of NAAHR

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