Learning & Development


Creating High Performing Teams to Drive Change in Your Organization


Vince Molinaro, Strategic Advisor, Lee Hecht Harrison; CEO, Leadership Contract, Inc. 

Vince Molinaro has dedicated his life to promoting both personal and organizational accountability in leadership cultures around the world. He experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to a cancer she believed was the byproduct of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, Vince vowed to teach business leaders how to build successful organizations by increasing the accountability of their leaders. The author of The Leadership Contract (Wiley), a New York Times and USAToday bestseller now in its third edition, and The Leadership Contract Field Guide, published in January 2018. Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership in their organizations. He knows that leadership accountability is the key ingredient in building a strong, vibrant organizational culture. As a successful senior executive in one of the world’s top leadership development firms, Vince has made it his calling to confront weak and lame leadership. He shows leaders at all levels in organizations worldwide how to step up and fulfill their obligations and responsibilities as real leaders. What sets Vince apart is that he’s no ivory-tower academic. As a forceful keynote speaker at conferences and corporate retreats around the world, he translates first-hand experiences from the leadership trenches into practical advice on how leaders can confront and overcome their challenges and build strong leadership cultures.


Lisa Jablonski, Managing Director, Head of Human Resources, Antares Capital 

Lisa is Managing Director and Head of Human Resources for Antares Capital, a private debt credit manager and leading provider of financing solutions for middle-market private equity backed transitions with more than $23 billion of capital under management and administration. She joined Antares in 2015 to build the Human Resources function for what was then a brand new stand-alone company owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. In addition to developing leading edge people policies and processes, Lisa and her team developed a talent strategy to support the firm’s growth, more than doubling the number of employees and establishing most of the partner functions. Lisa has led the way in shaping a culture of transparency, collaboration and empowerment at Antares and has ensured a continuous learning environment that is focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership and teamwork. She serves on the Antares Executive Committee. Prior to joining Antares, Lisa led the HR function for Calamos Asset Management, a company with approximately $20 billion of assets under management in Naperville, IL. Previously, Lisa held a variety of global operational and HR roles at Zurich Insurance and Aon Hewitt. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience leading HR functions and developing talent strategies that drive organizational success. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the State University of New York-Fredonia and an MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University.

Mindy Kaplan, Senior Director of Communications and Leadership, Lou Malnati's Pizzerias 

Mindy Kaplan is the Senior Director of Communications and Leadership at Lou Malnati’s Pizzerias, and has held this newly created position since the end of 2017. Through Lou Malnati’s leadership development program, Compass, Mindy has taken on the challenge of not only her own personal and professional growth, but also further developing and expanding that program to front-line employees, coaching teammembers and managers, and training and mentoring new coaches. With a vigerous passion, she has recently been tasked with creating a comprehensive leadership development and training program within Lou Malnati’s titled Leadership Exploration and Developmennt (LEAD) that will focus on both the skills training and self-awareness proficiencies of managers at all levels. She LEADs with aliveness!

Steve Merkin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, RoundTable Healthcare Partners 

Mr. Merkin serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resource for RoundTable Healthcare Partners, assuming this role in May 2017. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Renaissance, an integrated manufacturer of generic injectables and specialty pharmaceuticals, and a portfolio company of RoundTable. Prior to RoundTable and Renaissance, Mr. Merkin was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Cardinal Health’s Medical Segment, comprised of medical-surgical distribution and manufacturing businesses that employ over 16,000 employees worldwide. He joined Cardinal Health in 1999 and held senior Human Resources roles supporting the company’s Consulting and Services, Manufacturing, and Manufacturing Products and Technologies businesses. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Merkin had over 17 years of Human Resources experience with Cobra Golf, Allegiance Corporation, Baxter International, and Consumers Power Company. Mr. Merkin serves as an adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Labor and Employment Relations and as a member of the MorganHR, Inc. Advisory Board.