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As a member at Frost Brown Todd, Catherine Burgett divides her time between a traditional labor practice and employment work. Her labor practice includes working with clients to improve labor relations and resolve labor disputes; creating and assisting with corporate campaigns and representation elections; helping companies stay union-free; handling unfair labor practice charges; representing companies through the labor arbitration process; and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
Burgett's employment practice includes employment litigation; wage and hour litigation; discrimination, harassment, and retaliation investigations and litigation; drafting and litigating employment contracts; creating and implementing corporate training programs; advising and assisting companies in negotiating the WARN Act; drafting and enforcing workplace policies; and serving as counsel on all aspects of employer-employee relations.
Burgett has represented companies in federal and state courts and before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission.
Stephen Francis was appointed the first ever Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus in January 2016. As Chief Diversity Officer, Francis oversees implementation and communication of the diversity and inclusion vision, commitment and strategy of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.
He provides support in the development of a comprehensive workforce diversity strategy for the City of Columbus, and is working to develop a city-wide diversity external relations strategy. He continues to support the Equal Business Opportunity Office in the development of diverse supplier and procurement goals in city contracts for goods and services.
Francis was previously the Manager of Diversity Relations at Honda of America. His duties included the management of cross-functional diversity and inclusion initiatives and the daily management of these initiatives in the areas of workforce, procurement, community outreach, supplier diversity and internal communications. He created diversity initiatives, strategic planning and metrics for the Honda North America Diversity Committee. Francis was vital to the development and co-facilitation of a company-wide cultural competency training program and new hire diversity training program.
Francis also served as legal counsel for Banc One Corporation and the Ohio Department of Development.
Gary Glaser is Division Vice President for ProLogistix, the Logistics Specialty Division of EmployBridge, the largest light industrial staffing company in North America. EmployBridge also operates other specialty divisions focused on the supply chain: ResourceMFG (manufacturing), ProDrivers (transportation), and Select (general light industrial.)
Gary has over 21 years of experience working with companies in the supply chain to develop workforce strategies to attract and retain top contingent talent.
Gary has a BA in Sociology from the University of Tennessee.
Since 1987, Sally Hughes has served as president and chief executive officer of Caster Connection, Inc., a company she founded upon completion of a professional singing career. Caster Connection is an industrial products manufacturer and distributor whose principle products lines include industrial casters and wheels, but focus mainly on ergonomic material handling solutions. Hughes founded and leads the business based upon the solid principle: “providing ergonomic caster and wheel solutions to decrease injuries and increase safety in the workplace”.
Hughes began the business by selling chair casters out of the trunk of her car, but quickly began providing heavy duty casters and wheels to industrial companies. A creative suggestion to General Motors Corporation to consolidate their purchasing and select Caster Connection to provide products to their Northeast Ohio factories moved the business to a new level. This approach was then utilized with other industrial companies with multiple locations. In 2009 Hughes moved Caster Connection to Columbus, Ohio.
As the nationwide move to reduce on the job injuries gathered momentum, Hughes led Caster Connection’s effort to advance ergonomic safety solutions. The company became recognized for their innovative solutions for moving heavy equipment. Caster Connection used its experience in safety advancement and applied it to the automotive industry, appliance manufacturing, food service, commercial laundry, and bakery industries. Twenty-eight years later this multi-million-dollar company serves thousands of companies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Presenting: Keynote Address
Anne McNab is a senior associate in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office. Her practice focuses on the representation of employers in a broad spectrum of labor and employment matters including employment litigation, traditional labor work, and advising employers with their day-to-day personnel issues. McNab represents employers in both federal and state court, handling discrimination and harassment lawsuits, cases involving wrongful termination and breach of contract, and lawsuits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She also enjoys counseling employers with their daily employment concerns, including leave and disciplinary issues, termination, reasonable accommodations, personnel policies and employee handbooks, and non-competition agreements. McNab also represents employers in workers’ compensation hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and subsequent appeals.
Additionally, her practice includes assisting employers in traditional labor matters, such as negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling grievances, and representing employers in addressing unfair labor practice charges. McNab also has experience representing public sector employers, including advising on the civil services laws, OPERS matters, and public records issues, and representing employers before the State Personnel Board of Review and the State Employment Relations Board. She is also a frequent speaker on employment-law topics, assisting employers in compliance with the law and preventing future legal issues.
Sophie Taylor is the Corporate Talent Supply Manager at The Oneida Group. She is an experienced HR professional with a track record of success at Cigna where she managed enterprise recruitment for their competitive Leadership Development Programs across multiple business functions. Sophie led an increased recruiting pipeline from enterprise target schools by over 200% and led the launch of Cigna’s first Global Employee Engagement Survey.
Sophie has responsibility for developing and executing an end-to-end talent supply and sourcing strategy, internal processes and capability. In addition to her Talent Supply responsibilities, she owns elements of Lancaster Plant Labor Relations and our Community Engagement strategy.
Sophie has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University and a M.S. in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.