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Mike Kasper
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Mike Kasper

HR Learning & Development
BlueCross BlueShield (HCSC)

Mike Kasper is the Executive Director, Strategy Support and Optimization at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), a customer-owned health insurance company, and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

His responsibilities include leading teams that are accountable for the technical and functional learning of more than 10,000 employees. Mike has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the insurance industry which has included leading several operational areas, and for the past 15 years, focusing primarily on learning and development. Mike also is a frequent speaker at Chicagoland Learning Leaders peer-networking sessions. Prior to BlueCross BlueShield of IL, Mike worked at Allstate.

Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Communications, an M.B.A. from Lewis University, and an M.S. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University.

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BlueCross BlueShield (HCSC)
 
Sangita Kasturi

Sangita Kasturi

Director, Global Internal Communications
Johnson Controls

Sangita has more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications including team dynamics, organizational culture, diversity and leadership development.

Her career spans a broad range of industries in companies ranging in size from Fortune 500s to small boutique firms. Coming to the field with a background in both leadership development and the sciences, she is able to apply a multi-disciplinary, broad-based approach to corporate communications using a variety of analytical and creative strategies. She is currently Director of Internal Communications at Johnson Controls Power Solutions. Sangita is also adjunct faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management teaching courses in Executive Success Skills, which emphasizes writing, speaking and presentation, and Organizational Diversity.

Sangita holds Master’s in Liberal Studies (gender/culture concentration) from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a certified Meyers-Briggs (MBTI) practitioner. In her spare time, she paints in multi-media, travels and writes.

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Johnson Controls
 
Mary Katzner
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Mary Katzner

HR Senior Manager
Allstate

Mary brings 20+ years of human resource leadership experience in the financial services sector. She leads Allstate Insurance Company’s Energy for Life Initiative which brings together science and training equip over 13,000 Allstaters with skills to address persistent fatigue, disengagement, work life imbalance and loss of focus in a world that requires non-stop performance.

After experiencing her own transformation as a result of participation in this training, she collaborated with Dr. Jack Groppel from the Human Performance Institute, a pioneer in the field of human energy management, to bring 30 years of science based learning into Allstate.

Her story serves as a powerful example for many who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. Her life mission is to inspire her children and grandchildren to care about others and make a difference in their lives. Her leadership mission is to be a difference maker in the lives of Allstaters and Allstate customers.

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Allstate
 
Andy Keating
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Andy Keating

Founder of SURGICAL SMILE 5-Year Project in Mekong Delta
RightStart4Kids.org

RightStart4Kids is giving a ShoutOUT to Andy Keating, formerly Operation Smile Vietnam's Ambassador, ANDY KEATING SURGICAL SMILE Mekong Delta 5-Year Project. The 5-year project will be to have four missions annually: April, June, September, & November starting in 2014 through 2018. Each mission requires a minimum of 10 & max of 15 kids at Hanh Phuc Hospital Long Xuyen (An Giang) Vietnam.

RightStart4Kids.org
 
Barbara Keating
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Barbara Keating

Director of Clinical Learning and Innovations
Lurie Children’s

Barbara is the Director of Clinical Learning and Innovations at Children’s Memorial Hospital since 2007. Children’s Memorial Hospital is Illinois' only freestanding hospital exclusively for children. CMH, a teaching hospital, is ranked number one in almost every major pediatric specialty.

Throughout her 29 year career at CMH, Barbara has had numerous roles within the Nursing Department, including Coordinator for the Nursing Orientation Program. As coordinator, she assisted with the development and implementation of the RN Internship program. This program is a specialized orientation program for new graduate nurses, which transitions the new graduate from student nurse to R.N. in an environment that promotes learning and professional growth.

Barbara was an instructor in the nursing program at William Rainey Harper College and at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from DePaul University and a Master’s degree in science from Northwestern University. Barbara has numerous publications and has presented at several conferences. She was the recipient of the Exemplar Nurse Researcher Award at Children’s Memorial Hospital and has been awarded several research grants.

Lurie Children’s
 
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