Meet Our Speakers

Meet Our Past Speakers

Carl Bedingfield

Lead Member, Technical Staff in the Ecosystem and Innovation Group at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta

As a member of the AT&T Foundry team, Carl helps create collaborative environments at a rapid pace by designing and building prototypes and demos for Foundry stakeholders – like connected home and car groups focused on Internet of Things (IoT). For a recent project, he evaluated video analysis options to help improve the value and usability of cameras used in Digital Life, AT&T’s residential security and home automation product.

In 2015, Carl managed a three-site test installation of low-power/wide-area radio systems for IoT. In 2016, he worked with a team that created a process to validate templates for network function virtualization – which is the process of migrating selected network functions toward cloud-based solutions as part of Domain 2.0.

Carl joined BellSouth in 1986, where he worked on a variety of telecommunications networks, equipment, standards and applications. When BellSouth merged with AT&T in 2006, Carl’s work shifted to the Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) area. There he worked on the prototype and production applications for what is now AT&T U-verse.

Innovation has always been an important aspect of Carl’s life. He hosted a weekly internal innovation session from 2001 to 2014 and holds multiple U.S. patents in the telecommunications field.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in Information and Computer Science, both from Georgia Tech.

Carl enjoys woodworking and boating, but his principal hobby is music. He plays guitar, electric bass and upright bass.

Ashish Bisaria

Senior VP, North American Operations, FLEETCOR

Ashish has 22 years of operational experience leading innovation and transformation from a customer experience lens. From his career with a “big four” consulting firm to senior roles in telecom, high tech, automotive and now fin-tech, he has worked to help transform their business model and service delivery. From idea inception to delivery, he has led multi-million transformation projects, successfully blending policies, process and technology change along the way.

Ashish has two strong beliefs that guides his work: one, there is always a solution; and two, the best way to predict the future is to create it. His blend of passion and leading people on audacious projects is unique, and that has resulted in a history of game changing projects delivered.

Beth Coffey

Beth Coffey is a senior communication specialist for Communication & Training at GSOC, and joined the department in 2002. She is editor and project manager of numerous publications, GSOC annual reports and collateral, intranet and internet sites, corporate events, and other GSOC and Family of Companies communication.

Beth has been in the corporate communications field since the mid-1980s, working for some of Atlanta’s top companies: Norrell Corporation, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Coca-Cola USA, and Deloitte Consulting. She started her creative career in the advertising field, working in Ogilvy & Mather’s Atlanta office.

A native Atlantan, Beth studied journalism at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. She was public relations/public affairs director for WRAS during her time at GSU. She’s passionate about grammar, music, literature and the South.

Gentry Edwards

Visual Communications Manager at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, GA

In his role, Gentry leads a 21-member creative services team comprised of print and digital designers, a video group, and a photo group. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he worked as a director of photography on documentaries, commercials, music videos, reality television shows, and independent films. He has worked on programming that has aired on all the major networks, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, TLC, Spike TV, MTV, and CMT. His work has received numerous awards including two Southeastern Regional Emmys for camera work, a 2017 IABC Gold Quill award, an IABC regional Gold award, and multiple Telly and Communicator Awards.

Randy Hain

President of Serviam Partners

Randy Hain is the founder and president of Serviam Partners (www.ServiamPartners.com). With a successful 25+ year career in senior leadership roles, corporate talent and executive search, he is a sought after executive coach for senior leaders at some of the best known companies in the U.S. who are seeking candid and expert guidance on how to overcome obstacles to their success or develop new leadership skills. He is also an expert at onboarding and cultural assimilation for senior leaders as well as helping senior leadership teams improve trust, collaboration and candid communication. Randy also offers consulting/coaching for companies, teams and individual business leaders looking to develop more authentic and effective business relationships both inside and outside their organizations. His deep expertise in business relationships is a true area of differentiation for him and Serviam Partners.

He is an active community leader and serves on the boards of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Growing Leaders. He is also active in promoting autism awareness Randy has earned a reputation as a creative business partner and generous thought leader through his books, articles and speaking engagements.

Randy is the award-winning author of seven books, including Something More:The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life and LANDED! Proven Job Search Strategies for Today’s Professional. His latest book is Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs (Foreword by Archbishop Charles Chaput). All of his books are available on Amazon.

Randy is a 1989 graduate of the University of Georgia, has been married for 23 years and is the father of two sons.

Ted Koval

Senior Communications Leader, SunTrust

Ted is a PMP certified consultant currently working at SunTrust Corporate office as an internal communications lead through Veredus Consulting. He has over 20 years’ experience in IC in both the private and public sectors, including Fortune 50 and 100 companies. Ted has leveraged measurement tools and processes for IC throughout his career and will share his experience, lessons learned and recommendations on how to enhance your IC measurement.

Ted also spent time running political campaigns, as well as being a candidate himself and will share his measurement experience in the political space.

Connie J Mayse

Manager, Internal Communications, Health

Connie is a seasoned communications and human resources professional with a particular interest in internal communications. Strong in both strategic planning and tactical execution, her day can swing from communications planning to strategic advising, from writing and editing to video production, with digital channels and event management for good measure.

Connie is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), chairs IABC’s Ethics Committee and has presented to local and global audiences on strategic communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in international business.

Ben Reed

Co-founder of PitchMaps (B2B sales and marketing messaging)

Ben Reed is Co-Founder and Partner of PitchMaps, where he helps Fortune 500s and mid-market companies find their message. He also speaks and writes regularly on core messaging and positioning. Prior to founding PitchMaps, he helped lead a boutique creative agency, West Reed. Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Georgia Tech and an MBA in International Entrepreneurship from Georgia State University. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

JoEllen Saeli-Lane

Vice-President of Organizational Communications for the American Cancer Society

JoEllen Saeli-Lane is Vice-President of Organizational Communications for the American Cancer Society. In her role, she oversees communication strategy, execution and channels for the Society’ staff and volunteers who are leading the fight for a world without cancer in over 5,000 communities across the US. With over 15 years in a range of demanding roles, JoEllen has extensive experience across the nonprofit, health, government and private sectors. With a passion for internal communications and knowledge management, JoEllen is an astute strategist in planning, marketing and mapping global organizational vision to business priorities. Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Health Communication Specialist within CDC’s global health program, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications for CARE USA and Director of Internal Communications for CARE where she led an award-winning employee communications team for CARE’s 10,000 staff in over 90 countries. JoEllen is the Vice-President of Communications for IABC Atlanta and speaks regularly across the United States about building successful communication strategies and intranets within large, globally diverse organizations.

Michele Shauf

Director of Learning at eVestment

Michele Shauf is the Director of Learning at eVestment, a leading finTech company headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Sydney. She holds a PhD in Semiotics from the University of Delaware.

Sharon Swendner

Managing Director at CRM Concepts.com

Sharon is a career marketing professional with expertise in marketing strategy, digital marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), direct marketing and more. She currently is Managing Director of CRM Concepts providing marketing strategy and consulting to small and medium size businesses. She received a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University. She has held Vice President and Director roles at companies such as Sears Home Services, Centex and The Stow Company. In addition, she was President of a digital agency where she published, spoke and provided services and training to clients and prospects on SEO/SEM, email marketing and website design. In the past 10 years, Ms. Swendner has focused on Marketing Strategy and customer relationships using strong analytics and insights to drive action and ROI for her companies and clients.

Elisabeth Wang

Elisabeth Wang is executive director of Communications and Public Relations for Piedmont Healthcare, a seven-hospital, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Atlanta. She began her career in the secondary classroom teaching English and also served a brief stint in residential remodeling sales. She’s been with Piedmont for nine years, where she began by leading physician communications. As her role has expanded, Elisabeth has developed a particular expertise in enterprise change management communications, specifically technology adoption and merger and acquisition communications.

Elisabeth is married to a professional photographer and because of this, claims to own the most photographed dog in Georgia. She spends free time reading, cooking and occasionally blogging about one or the other.

Rachel Whelan

An 18-year communications professional, Rachel Whelan serves the American Cancer Society as Director of Staff and Volunteer Communications, working in strategic partnership with internal clients including the Human Resources, Information Technology, Field Operations, and Legal departments. As part of a talented internal communications team at the Society’s Global Headquarters in Atlanta, Rachel contributes to strategic efforts to ensure the organization’s nearly 6,000 staff across the country stay informed about focuses as varied as mission initiatives, HR and technology rollouts, executive decisions, and opportunities for staff engagement. Prior to joining the Society in 2011, Rachel worked in internal communications at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC for many years. She also served as a communications generalist for three public education systems early in her career, including District of Columbia Public Schools, Texas School for the Deaf, and the Irving (Texas) Independent School District. A proud native Texan, Rachel is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

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