Check out our 2020 PEBA Forum Keynote Speakers: 


Our morning keynote is Kathleen Schulz, MS, CHES, Divisional Vice President, Global Innovation Leader, Organizational Wellbeing for Gallagher Benefit Services. Kathleen brings more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing wellness, fitness, occupational health, EAP, benefits, and work/life programs.  As the Global Innovation Leader for Organizational Wellbeing, Kathleen works with Gallagher teams and clients to design holistic strategies to address the total employee value proposition – including all the dimensions of wellbeing, employee engagement, productivity and resiliency. Prior to joining Gallagher Benefit Services, Kathleen spent nineteen year’s leading award winning occupational health and wellness programs at Campbell Soup Company and four years leading the health and wellness programs for NYNEX company in New York.  Her experience lies in designing integrated approaches to organizational wellbeing by building relationships and collaborating with key internal stakeholders to understand the organization’s mission, then developing strategies that enable the mission and support high performance.


Our afternoon keynote speaker is Michael Brenner, Ed.D, CEO and Founder of Right Chord Leadership. As founder and CEO of Right Chord Leadership, Dr. Michael Brenner works with leaders and teams at all levels to strengthen the essential skills needed for peak performance. He achieves this by drawing on almost two decades of experience as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and educator, and more than 35 years as a professional musician. Michael’s unconventional workshops, executive coaching sessions, and consulting services – grounded in the belief that “When people work in harmony, great things happen!”™ – have helped his clients increase employee engagement, reduce turnover, improve customer service, and create more collaborative work environments.

Michael is the creator of the CHORDS Model™ which consists of 6 key “notes” all successful leaders and teams play: C (Communication), H (Harmony), O (Ownership), R (Respect), D (Direction) and S (Support).  He has partnered with leading organizations in a variety of industries, including law firm Ballard Spahr, Morgan Properties, Burlington Stores, QVC, SAP, Penn Medicine, Drexel College of Medicine, the City of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Boeing, The Goddard School, Godiva, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has worked for several not-for-profit organizations as well, including JEVS and Habitat for Humanity.

Michael was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference. He has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences around the world, including Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Canada and Australia.

Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University and a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University. He has taught courses in organizational behavior, systems dynamics, negotiations, and interpersonal relations (among others) at Immaculata University, Temple University, and La Salle University.  Currently, he is on the faculty of both Penn State University and American University.

Michael is currently writing a book based on the CHORDS Model™ that encapsulates his approach to developing successful leaders and teams.  It features some of his musical heroes and will be published in 2020.


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