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Hosted at Eppstein Uhen Architects

333 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018



4:30PM: Registration & Networking

5:30PM: MiniKeynote Presentations

7:00PM: Networking

Registration Is Closed


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Kathy McCormack

Vice President Human Resources, Global Products

Johnson Controls International, plc

Kathy McCormack holds the position of vice president of human resources for the Global Products division of the Buildings business at Johnson Controls. In this role, she ensures the company is attracting, developing and retaining industry-leading talent to compete both globally and locally. The Global Products portfolio is comprised of security systems, fire protection, HVAC controls, HVAC equipment, building management systems and digital solutions, which all make up approximately $10 billion of the company’s $30 billion in revenue.    


From a chiller factory in San Antonio, to a joint venture in Lyon, France, to an engineering center in Pune, India – Kathy helps accelerate the Johnson Controls transformation to an agile and nimble global work environment that enables employees to bring their best selves to work. Every day. Fulfilling our mission to make the world safer, smarter and more sustainable.


During her nineteen years at Johnson Controls, Kathy has held various positons within the human resources organizations. Prior to her current role, she served as vice president, human resources for our North America Products and Distribution business, where she led human resources for the integration efforts for a global acquisition and later assume the HR leadership role for the acquired company.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College.  Kathy currently resides in the Mukwonago areas with her husband and three children. 

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Michael Grubich

Managing Partner

LAK Group

"Shaping Culture: Steps for Successful Culture Change"

Michael Grubich joined LAK Group as Managing Partner in 2018. Michael is a seasoned Human Resources executive with more than 25 years of global leadership experience. He provides strategic leadership regarding all talent solutions and initiatives which enhance the performance of organizations, individuals, teams and leaders.

Prior to joining LAK, Mr. Grubich served in several global thought and operational leadership roles at Aurora Healthcare, CNH Industrial, Kohler Co. and Jockey International. As part of his responsibilities, he led a variety of Human Resources functions including Talent Management, Leadership Development, Coaching, Culture Shaping, Organization Design & Development, Talent Acquisition, Succession Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Planning and Engagement practices.

Before joining LAK Group, Mr. Grubich was the Sr. Vice President, Talent & Organization Development for Aurora Health Care, prior to that he served multiple leadership roles for global organizations including Global Human Resources VP for CNH Industrial; Global Director, Talent & Diversity for Kohler Co. He was also the Director, Human Resources retail division and the corporate Director of Training & Development at Jockey International, Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business. Mr. Grubich is current serving as Secretary, Board of Directors for Special Olympics Wisconsin and is the Board Chair for Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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Maria Santacaterina

Director of Member Experience

Bright Cellars

"How Our Story Shaped Our Culture"

Maria s the Director of Member Experience at Bright Cellars. In her role, she oversees the customer service team (the largest so far at Bright Cellars) and the Outbound Sales Team. 

Maria is proud to say that she is Bright Cellars first employee. To sum it up, anything member facing is her realm of expertise – from customer acquisition to reactivating canceled members. She focuses on establishing the best customer service processes in the country, improving member retention month over month, increasing lifetime value and attracting top talent to join their team in Milwaukee. 

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Heather Turner Loth

Project Development & Workplace Strategy

Eppstein Uhen Architects

"Culture & The Built Environment"

Heather has over 20 years of experience across the A/E/C industry in construction management, project management and business development.  Heather leads Project Development at Eppstein Uhen Architects in the Workplace Studio and leads Workplace Strategy for the firm. Heather’s true passion is her ability to understand her client’s vision and translate that vision into a strategy that aligns their business goals with their people, place and technology, thereby resulting in an elevated business performance. 

Heather is a recipient of the Women in Construction of the Year citation through Wisconsin Builder, was recognized by her industry peers as the Associate Member of the Year through the Commercial Association of Real Estate Wisconsin (CARW) and was most recently recognized as a 40 Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal.  Heather plays an active role in the community; she is a current Board Member for TEMPO Milwaukee, serves on the New North Marketing Committee, and is an active member of CoreNet and the Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). 

Heather lives in Muskego with her husband Brian and two amazing children, 7-year old Greysen & 3-year old Leighton. She does photography on the side and loves to travel whenever possible. As her LinkedIn profile states, she is a “workplace culture junkie” and loves working for a firm that walks the talk.

Registration Is Closed
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