2023 South Florida Women in Leadership Symposium
March 15, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
Women In Leadership
Michelle Eisner is a public company CHRO and board director who helps highly regulated, complex organizations build competitive advantage by scaling rapidly, attracting and retaining key talent, and developing DEI and ESG initiatives. She repeatedly develops high-performing cultures and human capital strategies in many ownership structures – including public, PE-backed, family owned and private – and with complex labor relationships or regulatory requirements. Michelle can serve on compensation, culture nominating/governance, DEI or ESG committees and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). As CHRO of SBA Communications (NASDAQ: SBAC), Michelle led the company’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its safe return to the office. She strategized and rolled out a talent roadmap that prioritized human capital, earned recognition as Comparably’s 7th Best Company for Engagement and raised Glassdoor ratings, including Glassdoor’s inclusion on its Top 20 CEO list. Michelle previously served on Hollander Sleep Product’s Board of Directors and was hand-selected as a member of Tyson Foods’ (NYSE: TSN) Corporate Executive Board, advising CEO John Tyson.
Natasha Ghatak Singh is an experienced leader across multiple disciplines, ranging from strategy and operations, to accounting and finance. She’s advised executive level clients in a variety of industries such as banking, financial services, travel and leisure, and retail, and has a keen eye and understanding of what it takes to grow and scale a business. At U.S. Bank, she currently leads strategic growth initiatives for the Wealth Management and Investment Services division. Prior to this, Natasha led the end-to-end labor strategy and operations for Marriott International’s largest properties in Florida. She also held multiple roles in both management consulting and internal strategy at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company. Outside of her professional pursuits, Natasha is passionate about social ventures, including volunteering in strategy consulting for nonprofit entities in education, health, and the arts. Recently, she served as the Chair of the Alumni Leadership Council for the National Academy Foundation, a board member position which directed educational initiatives for minority students in the United States. Currently, she is a member of Chief, a membership-only network created by executive women for executive women. Natasha graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in economics and from the school’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with a B.S. in finance. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where she served as her program’s commencement speaker. Natasha currently resides in South Florida with her husband and daughter.
A passionate and respected leader, Heather Havericak serves as Chief Executive Officer at Broward Health Medical Center/ Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. Ms. Havericak is responsible for the overall strategy, and operations of the 723-bed acute care hospital where she has held various management positions for the past 18 years. Before being appointed in August 2019, Ms. Havericak served as the Hospital’s interim Chief Executive Officer. She has also held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Associate Vice President of Strategic and Administrative Services, Regional Director of the Hospital’s strategic service lines, and Nurse Manager of the Pediatric Oncology and Sickle Cell Transition Program and Pediatric Palliative Care. Ms. Havericak began her career as a registered nurse in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant at Miami Children’s Hospital in 2002. Ms. Havericak is a registered nurse in the State of Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare executives and is a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON). Ms. Havericak serves on numerous nonprofit community organization boards, including the South Florida Chapter of the American Heart Association and Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. She is serving as this year’s chairwomen of the AHA board. Ms. Havericak also serves on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and healthcare council. She is a Rotarian as part of the Ft Lauderdale chapter. She is the immediate past chair of Gilda’s Club South Florida. She has also been the recipient of a variety of awards that includes South Florida Business Journal’s power leaders in healthcare for 2019 and 2020. In March of 2021 she was recognized as one of six women to be named Broward’s Trailblazer. Under her leadership the organization has implemented a kidney transplant program to further expand the South Florida Transplant Center, implemented an intensivist program, received accreditation as a robotic center of excellence, completed the final expansion of the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital taking the NICU from 63 to 70 beds. In cardiovascular services she was able to further expand the structural heart program bringing on the mitral clip program, and becoming only one of two centers in Florida to obtain ICAEL accreditation for our Electrophysiology Lab. Additionally the organization was able to implement biplane technology to further advance our neuroscience capabilities. Ms. Havericak is married to Scott Havericak and has two children Owen and Norah, she enjoys her time on the sideline cheering them on for their soccer, baseball and lacrosse games.
El pagnier Kay Hudson “EK”, M.S. Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Vice Provost, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Florida International University El pagnier Kay Hudson, “EK”, has been part of the Human Resources industry for over 31 years. She currently serves as Senior Vice President with oversight of the Division of Human Resources and Vice Provost with oversight of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Florida International University. She is responsible for strategic and innovative leadership of the Division of Human Resources and oversees all twelve discipline-specific areas of HR. With students being the primary focus of FIU, she has played a key role in our Career Ready Initiative, which ensures our student employees have meaningful, marketable work experiences and are connected to full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. Additionally, she is leading several strategic initiatives including the university’s commitment to ensuring our administrative and staff employees are able to champion the fast pace of change that advanced technologies have created and are creating in the workplace including an expanded Agile Work Program as well as a Workforce Strategy which proactively addresses the reimagined workforce, post pandemic, highlighting organizational culture as the ‘secret sauce’. She is also credited with several programs that promote a rewarding and positive work environment, which have contributed to FIU earning Honor Roll distinction of “Great College to Work for” for five consecutive years. In 2020 amidst the convergence of the health pandemic, racial pandemic, and economic pandemic, EK led the Equity Action Initiative (EAI) with colleagues, Captain Delrish Moss, and Dr. Valerie Patterson. This initiative was the result of a Presidential charge to complete an analysis of FIU’s organization over the summer of 2020 in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder as well as the loss of other precious lives that led to the eruption of social unrest, nationally. From that work emerged the creation of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), which is an immediate and direct output from the recommendations of the EAI purporting DEI engagement as our collective responsibility and emphasizing that we value the benefit of each other’s contributions that bring cultures and ethnicities to our FIU. As a collaborator on the state level, she currently serves as a National Board Member at Large of the College and University Professional Association (CUPA-HR) serving as Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee after having served as Board Member of the Florida CUPA-HR Chapter. She is past-Chair for the College and University HR Executives (CUHRE) Consortium where she still leads on HR matters with HR Executives from all state universities in Florida, serves on the State of Florida’s State University System Chief Diversity Officers Group, and served on the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Universities’ Year of Reflection Steering Committee. Additionally, she serves the Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OIC South Florida) as an Executive Board Member, serving as Secretary on the Executive Board as well as leading the HR Committee; and serves the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as an Executive Board Member leading as Group Chair of Industry Growth in a Chamber committed to strengthening the greater Miami area and beyond. El pagnier is happily married to her best friend, Winston Hudson, for thirty-four (34) years with three lovely adult daughters, Imani, Bria, and Chelsea; one son-in-love, Christopher, two precious granddaughters, Liana and Cadence, one grandson, Christopher II, and a rambunctious red-nosed pit bull, Roxie!
Dr. Char is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Practitioner with extensive experience partnering with her clients (e.g., Broward Health, CaribShopper, Freight Handlers, Inc., JM Family Enterprises, Masters Electronics, Mount Sinai, the U.S. Military, and Federal Government agencies to name a few) applying practical Human Resources consulting solutions to close performance gaps driving strategic business outcomes. At ChenMed/JenCare, Dr. Char is both a big picture thinker and a hands-on implementer. Char was responsible for standing up and leading ChenMed’s corporate university maturing the L&D function in providing best-in-class, focused, engaging, and interactive learning experiences designed to help leaders and their teams master ChenMed’s core model, choose a path, and build their future and career at ChenMed. She led a talented team of program managers, instructional designers, and data scientists in formulating and implementing innovative learning strategies and solutions in partnership with the business to meet ChenMed’s development and delivery goals and improve learner outcomes through measurable and demonstrable results. In 2021, Char transitioned to the Divisional Director, Human Resources role where she partners with divisional leadership, in designing, leading, and executing strategies that deliver better health for our seniors and achieve the organization’s vision. Outside of ChenMed, Dr. Char continues to serve the development of future leaders in the HR and I/O Psychology fields as an Associate Professor in Baker College’s I/O Psychology Graduate Degree Program. She also serves on the board of advisors for the program with helping to shape the vision and strategy to align with the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology standards for graduate programs in the field, and practice application for successful student outcomes. Dr. Char earned a master’s degree in I/O Psychology from CAU and a PhD in the same field specializing in Executive Coaching and Consultation from Capella University. In 2016, she was honored with the National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award for women who have overcome barriers to climb to the top, achieving personal success while also making it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps. In 2020, her team was awarded Gold for the Chief Learning Officer® Learning in Practice Business Partnership Award for ChenMed Leadership Pathways Program, our leveled leadership program designed to coach and develop leaders from emergent to senior leadership. She’s also a contributor to the eLearning Guild annual best practices Tips eBook, Training Industry Online Magazine, and Rutgers’s Business Review. Outside of work, Dr. Char enjoys spending time with her mom (Gene), husband (Colin), 2 children (Nick – 16 and Taytay- 15), 2 dogs (shih-tzus: Bella and Messi), and her cat (Patch). She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the South Florida Diversity Council, and in our centers. She avidly participates in High Intensity Interval Training, and you can spot her on the beach on weekends, that’s one of her happy places!
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