INSPIRE 2017 | Speaker Highlights

INSPIRE is an annual one-day event to share best practices and lessons learned alongside fellow ADVISA clients. This year’s event will focus on engagement, and will bring you dynamic speakers, ample opportunities to network, and new tools to bring back to your organization. INSPIRE is free for clients. We hope to see you there!

2017 speakers include:

Sharon Versyp, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Purdue University


Sharon Versyp is head coach of the Purdue University Women’s Basketball Team, and the winningest coach in school history with 237 wins on the Boilermaker sidelines. She has led the Boilermakers to the NCAA Tournament in nine of her 11 years at Purdue, advancing to two Elite Eights, two Sweet 16’s and an 12-9 career record in the national tournament. Versyp was named the 2007 WBCA Region VI Coach of the Year and most recently was honored as the 2014 ESPNW Big Ten Coach of the Year. She has 10 straight top-25 ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 8 ranked class in 2014-15 (ESPNW). Sharon will share her leadership perspective during her session, “Maintaining a Championship Culture.”


Amanda Schank, Manager of Human Resources, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Promoting positive engagement and development within our staff to better serve ourselves, our team, and our guests.  As the Human Resources Manager at Newfields, Amanda has the opportunity to work with all levels of staff at multiple stages of their careers.  A teacher at heart, one area that Amanda has found most gratifying is coaching and supporting teams with their communication styles.  Before joining the IMA at Newfields, Amanda studied education and business at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN and has gained exposure to both for-profit and nonprofit environments throughout her career.  Outside of work, Amanda loves to be at the lake with her family.  She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Clint and sons, Griffin and Logan.


Steve Fleischman, Regional Operations Manager, Lumbermen’s Inc.

Steve Fleischman serves as the Regional Operations Manager in Indiana and Ohio for Lumbermen’s Inc., a wholesale building materials distributor.  Steve’s focus is on constructing, coaching, mentoring, training, and motivating high performing teams.  Steve also drives operational excellence through various continuous improvement activities including Leader Standard Work, Huddle Meetings, Gemba Walks, team boards, Lean 5S and performance tracking.  Steve takes a ‘Servant Leadership’ approach where he focuses on giving his teams the tools they need to be successful and significant in both their professional and personal lives.

Before joining Lumbermen’s, Steve served as the Security Team Coordinator for Meijer Inc., a mid-west based supercenter chain, in the Indianapolis market.  Steve took over underperforming teams and motivated them to achieve top ranking resultsby focusing on each individual team member and catering an approach to meet their needs.  Steve set up incentives for both individual and team goals as well as provided training in negotiations, defensive tactics, handcuffing procedures, CPR/AED, loss prevention, and safety.  By doing these things, the team’s skill level improved, there was transparency of performance and goals, and the teams were motivated to achieve outstanding results.


Monica Wearren, Talent Development and Engagement Manager, American Health Network

Monica Wearren has been dreaming big, getting stuff done, and having fun in healthcare for almost 20 years, thanks to a variety of roles in learning, development, engagement and change management. She is currently the Talent Development & Engagement Manager for American Health Network, a multi-practice medical group with 75 locations in Indiana and Ohio. At AHN, Monica is responsible for the learning & development, internal communications and employee engagement functions for AHN’s 1900 providers and employees.

She is one of the 30% that Gallup sites as being actively engaged in their jobs (“emotionally invested in their work and focused on helping their organizations improve,” 2015).  That’s because she gets live out her core values and strengths by taking things that don’t work anymore–outdated processes, culture roadblocks, communication breakdowns, performance gaps, silos, etc.–and transforming them into solutions that make a meaningful difference for staff, managers, providers and patients.

Monica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and her Masters in Health Administration, both from the University of Missouri.  She is a certified PI PractitionerTM (Predictive Index) and received her CPLP (Certified Professional of Learning and Performance) designation in instructional design from the Association for Talent Development.  In her spare time, she is a Game of Thrones fanatic, co-owns a small managed IT company with her husband Clay, teaches dance classes at local churches and is an enthusiastic albeit often-distracted yogi.


Max Yoder, Co-Founder and CEO, Lessonly

A native of Goshen, Indiana, Max lives in Indianapolis serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of Lessonly and founding director of its non-profit arm, The First Fund. Max and Lessonly are focused on building and delivering team learning software that helps people do better work. Every day, Max is grateful for being cut from the basketball team two years in a row. At INSPIRE, Max will share how he’s creating a “Culture of Candor” at Lessonly.



Bryan Brenner, CEO, FirstPerson

Bryan Brenner is the CEO and Founder of FirstPerson. He has always believed in putting people first—both his customers and his employees. With this in mind, he has built FirstPerson on the commitment to design meaningful employment experiences. It’s his entrepreneurial spirit that will continue to make FirstPerson a market leader in impacting people strategies. Among his many charitable activities, Bryan serves on several boards, including The Oaks Academy and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as a trustee for Butler University, his alma mater. ADVISA president Heather Haas will interview Bryan on how he has built an exceptional employee experience at FirstPerson.

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