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Gold Lines



For this year’s conference, we have assembled a large and diverse group of speakers who will motivate you, challenge your thinking, and encourage action. You can learn about each speaker’s topic on our sessions page.

Gold Lines
Gold Lines



For this year’s conference, we have assembled a large and diverse group of speakers who will motivate you, challenge your thinking, and encourage action. You can learn about each speaker’s topic on our sessions page.

Gold Lines
Leanna Chroman

Vice President of Culture and Learning // Huse Culinary

Chroman trains, guides, and leads employees at the Huse Culinary restaurant and retail food group so they are well equipped with the tools needed to succeed. She creates modules and courses for service training and dedicates time to building lasting relationships with employees throughout the organization. Chroman joined the organization as a server for Harry & Izzy’s, later taking on additional responsibilities as an area training director, director of training, and director of operations. In 2025, she will receive a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue Global. Chroman’s presentation is called “Recycle Pain to a Purpose.”
Kelly Hiller

Vice President of Marketing // Purdue University Marketing and Communications

Hiller leads Purdue’s marketing, brand strategy, and creative services teams. She has been working at Purdue since January 2005, when she joined the university’s marketing department as a communications coordinator. In 2008, she moved to the Purdue Alumni Association to manage the communications team. Hiller decided she was up for a new challenge in 2014 when she led Purdue’s sesquicentennial campaign: 150 Years of Giant Leaps. She is currently working toward an MBA at Purdue Global. Hiller’s presentation is called “Decision-Centric Leadership: Shaping a Culture of Trust and Respect.”
Cara Putman


Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business // Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business // Purdue University

Putman is an award-winning author of more than 35 novels and one nonfiction book. She has taught and led five study abroad programs and is passionate about students and mentorship. In her role at the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business, Putman creates strategy and works across silos with groups and individuals, including alumni, student organizations, and community groups. She previously worked as an attorney, specializing in adoptions, employment law, and business formation. Putman’s presentation is called “Discovering the Value in Your Story.”
Kathleen St. Jean

Founder and Chief Commercial Officer // 34 Lives

St. Jean spent 29 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including leadership roles in sales, training, and customer strategy. She left her job to join the organ transplant industry with her business partner, Chris Jaynes. In 2021, St. Jean and Jaynes created their startup, 34 Lives, through the Purdue Research Foundation. St. Jean will speak with Jillian Henry during the fireside chat.
Julie Thornton


Director of Career Services // Booth School of Business // The University of Chicago

Thornton has spent more than 25 years in corporate human resources, executive search, and executive coaching for a number of U.S. markets. She has coached and mentored across many industries and is known for her direct, listen-first, results-driven approach. At the University of Chicago, she offers her business acumen and coaching to MBA students, alumni, and executives who are interested in their next steps or transitioning to a new career. Thornton’s presentation is called “How to Get Unstuck in Life and at Work.”
Jillian Henry


Fireside Chat Facilitator
Vice President for Engagement // Purdue for Life Foundation

Henry is responsible for Purdue for Life’s alumni engagement efforts, including clubs and affinity networks, volunteerism, mentorship, lifelong learning, and travel programs. She previously was vice president of organizational development and strategic leadership for the Purdue Alumni Association and corporate secretary for the association’s board of directors. She still serves as governance council for the board as a nonvoting member. She has received extensive training in facilitation, grant writing, fundraising, creative problem-solving, accelerated learning, and appreciative inquiry. Henry will conduct the fireside chat with Kathleen St. Jean.



Stephanie Stahl // Colead

Sleep Medicine Physician and Neurologist at Indiana University (IU) Health, Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at IU, and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at IU

Nicole Noel // Colead

Director of Clinical and Account Management

Breakout Speakers

Breakout Speakers

Lexie Appleby


International Regional Director // Best Buddies International
Motivational Speaker and Content Creator

Appleby is a motivational speaker, lifestyle content creator, and breast cancer survivor. She has a background in mental health, education, and NFL cheerleading, which have influenced her motto Born to Sparkle. During her time at Purdue, she was Miss Purdue University, a campus tour guide, and a member of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team and Alpha Phi. Appleby’s presentation is called “Born to Sparkle: You are Glitterally Amazing.”
Meg Duke


Licensed Psychotherapist // Amplify Wellness
Adjunct Professor // The University of Kansas

Duke is a clinical social worker known for her unwavering commitment to helping people navigate their life challenges. She provides a caring, empathetic ear and fosters resilience in her clients. As a mental health advocate, she strives to raise awareness and reduce stigma. Duke’s presentation is called “Balancing Act: Navigating the Intersection of Business Success and Mental Well-Being for Women.”
Annalise Dum


Vice President for Sustainability and North America Sustainable Buildings Practice Lead // JLL

Dum helps her global clients embed sustainability into the design, construction, and operations of their commercial real estate portfolios. She holds a master’s degree in sustainability leadership from Arizona State University. Dum and Christina Piper will present “Leading With Purpose: Influencing Positive, Impactful Change Through Design and Sustainability.”
Mary Farucci

(MS LA’21)

DC Administration Assistant Manager // Fastenal Company

Farucci has experience as a social media marketer, content writer, producer, award-winning anchor and reporter, blogger, on-air news personality, digital content creator, and digital strategist. A New York native who now lives in Indiana, she holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College. Farucci’s presentation is called “Former Journalist Takes on the World of Supply Chain Management.”
Julie Gordon


President // The Hope Source
Founder // Dynamic Minds Academy

Gordon is a business owner and licensed clinical social worker with 22 years of experience in the field of autism spectrum disorder. She discovered her passion while at Purdue and has since developed an innovative trauma-responsive approach to behavioral therapy and a unique therapeutic-education model for special education. In Indianapolis, she established the Hope Source and Dynamic Minds Academy, employing more than 170 professionals. Gordon’s presentation is called “Remaining True: A Mission of Emotion, Innovation, and Determination.”