2019 INSPIRE convention

INSPIRE Your Leadership Journey

INSPIRE brings together real stories from real leaders on the front lines—discovering new pathways, gaining perspective and forging their own leadership journeys. While our attendees gather from a wide variety of industries—our PEOPLE are what unite us.

Join us for INSPIRE, ADVISA’s annual leadership conference, at The Alexander filled with opportunities for learning, networking, inspiration and fun. Come hear some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders speak on leadership development, employee engagement, and more.

Predictive Index® clients can also register for pre-conference sessions at City Hardware focused on software updates, training and best practices for implementing the PI system. And don’t forget to celebrate with us at our INSPIRE Happy Hour after!




Mark D. Miles is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hulman & Company, parent company of Clabber Girl, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions, and various other business entities.

From January 2006 through December 2012, Miles was President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc. (“CICP”), a non-profit, regional alliance of corporate CEOs and university presidents focused on long-term growth and economic development.

In 2008, Miles led a successful effort to earn Indianapolis the right to host Super Bowl XLVI.  He was Chairman of the Board of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.

From August 1990 through 2005, Miles was Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Tennis Professionals (“ATP”).  While there, Miles built the ATP into a world-class, professional organization, and expanded its global presence through successful events in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

In 1984, Miles was chosen to organize and produce the Pan American Games, scheduled to be held in Indianapolis in 1987.  As President of the organizing body, he led the $100 million event with 38,000 volunteers and staged the most successful Pan Am Games in history.

From 1988 to 1990, Miles served as Executive Director of Corporate Relations for Eli Lilly and Company, an international pharmaceutical, medical instrument and agricultural chemical company headquartered in Indianapolis.

Miles earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, and is a member of the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mark Miles

President and CEO, Hulman and Company

Aman Brar has an extensive background in leading technology companies through periods of high growth and has also held key corporate strategy and finance roles at Fortune 500 companies. As former president of Apparatus, Aman led the company through a $34.2 million acquisition by publicly traded and global consultancy, Virtusa, in 2015.

Recognizing the need for a method to boost recruiting productivity, Aman and his teammates launched Canvas, the first enterprise-grade text-based interviewing platform that enables recruiters to screen more job candidates and market employment brands.

Companies are already turning to Canvas to interview a range of talent, from welders to engineers to salespersons. Early adopters span from startups to Fortune 500 companies located in Silicon Valley to France. Canvas is enabling these organizations to transform their reach and engagement with talent by designing their recruitment strategies in a way that aligns with the communication preferences of today’s workforce.

Prior to Apparatus, Aman was vice president of business development for ChaCha Search, leading its corporate strategic partnership activities. Before returning to Indiana for graduate school, Aman lived in Mountain View, Calif., and led a team responsible for the nation’s first consumer DSL broadband service.

Aman sits on the board of the Orr Fellowship, EmployIndy, and is on the Board of Trustees for Wabash College. He is also the board chair for Teach for America – Indianapolis. Aman earned his undergraduate degree from Wabash College and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Aman Brar

President and CEO, Canvas

Aubrey Michael is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for the Western Milling family of companies, where she is responsible for all HR disciplines, including talent acquisition, learning and development, employee engagement, succession planning and compensation. She is a transformational leader and trusted advisor, dedicated to linking people and business strategy, with a particular passion for organizational agility. Prior to her work at Western Milling, Aubrey held various people roles at Northrop Grumman and Merrill Lynch. She graduated from Pepperdine University with degrees in Economics and Political Science and currently resides in California with her husband.

Aubrey Michael

Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Western Milling

Jessica Stephenson is Vice President of Marketing and Talent at ExactHire, a software firm that helps employers automate and improve the hiring process. ExactHire’s SaaS solutions focus on recruiting, employee onboarding and employee assessment. With a background in both marketing and human resources, Jessica passionately works at the intersection of digital marketing and HR technology. She is currently President for IndySHRM, chairs the marketing committee for the annual HR Indiana Conference, and holds the human resource-focused SHRM-CP and PHR certifications. Jessica earned her B.S. degree in Marketing from Butler University.

Jessica Stephenson

VP of Marketing and Talent, ExactHire

Nick Smarrelli is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of GadellNet Technology Solutions. GadellNet has offices in both St. Louis and Indianapolis. GadellNet, a 6-time Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company with nearly 75 employees in the Midwest, is a small business outsourced IT consulting firm.

The IT Industry in the Midwest has a 40% turnover rate, but GadellNet proudly boasted an 8% turnover rate (both voluntary and involuntary) across both its offices in 2017. The key to their cultural success was the formulation of a very clear set of values that serve as the backbone for nearly every management decision – recruiting, interviewing, performance management. communication, strategic prioritization and compensation.

These values have become more than just words on a wall, but a way of thinking and acting in the company – allowing for individual contributions and diversity of ideas – but, inspired by a common ethos.

Nick has a degree in Psychology and a degree in Finance from St. Louis University. He ran National Account sales for Ingersoll Rand before realizing his passion for entrepreneurship in 2010. Nick is an Ironman athlete, ultramarathon runner, father, and has been a featured technology speaker for chambers of commerce, large national associations, national non-profits, and numerous industry technology conventions.

Nick Smarrelli

CEO, GadellNet

Max lives in Indianapolis serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of Lessonly. Max and Lessonly are focused on building and delivering team training software that helps people do better work. Every day, Max is grateful that he was cut from the basketball team two years in a row.

Max Yoder

CEO, Lessonly

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Who Attends INSPIRE?

The INSPIRE conference brings together professionals in a variety of positions, including:

  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • HR Professionals
  • Leadership Development Consultants
How many will attend?

200+ business owners, executives, HR professionals, and consultants

What's on the agenda ?

Help us spread the word by using #INSPIRE2019 on Twitter and Instagram to collect swag at the Fuel Merchandise swag station! For each post, ADVISA will donate $5 to support Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

Keynote by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company

As a successful business leader and international sports executive, Mark’s leadership journey is diverse. He  transformed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from a start-up league to an international world tour,  profitably led both the Pan Am Games and Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, and is now at the helm of Hulman & Company which is comprised of Clabber Girl, Georgetown Realty, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions and various other business entities.

4 Levels of Leadership Development

Taking a systemic approach to leadership development with Aubrey Michael, Western Milling

Early Career Leaders:  What do they want and what do they need?

Tools and programs for identifying and developing emerging and front-line leaders presented by a panel of successful early career leaders including Kelli Jones of Givelify and Randall Nored of The Children’s Bureau.

Do Better Work:  Max Yoder, CEO of Lessonly

Max will be raffling off copies of his new book to a few lucky contributors to the “Do Better Work” dialogue wall.

Gender Balance Isn’t a Women’s Issue, It’s a Leadership Issue

Join us to discuss the importance of gender balance in leadership and its role in organizational success.

How to create an intentional culture that drives engagement

A positive, magnetic work culture can be a true competitive advantage in this tight labor market.  How can you define your desired culture and develop leaders to be “culture carriers?”

The Future of Work

How technology is improving the entire employee experience

  • Aman Brar, President & CEO of Canvas – geofencing and text-based interviews
  • Jessica Stephenson, VP of Marketing at ExactHire – Just-in-time (JIT) hiring
  • Chip House, Co-founder of Structural – app-based engagement and communication
  • Nick Smarelli, CEO of GadellNet Technology Solutions – powering a remote workforce

"My team learned great ways to incorporate inter-generational cohort views about engagement into company culture. This was one of the best workshops I have been to with regard to corporate culture and how to engage staff."

INSPIRE 2018 Attendee