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2014 Midwest ACE Annual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Brad Karsh
President and Founder of JB Training Solutions
Keynote Speaker and Generational Guru


An accomplished public speaker and author, Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Brad is also the author of three business books including Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management (AMACOM 2013).

Prior to creating JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years in the human resources department at advertising giant Leo Burnett in Chicago, and was tasked with the responsibility of hiring and training hundreds of employees. Brad conducts training at major companies including Abbott Laboratories, ConocoPhillips, Walgreens, Discover, Dick's Sporting Goods, The Chicago Blackhawks, and The Big Ten Network, among many others. As a speaker at the 2012 National Society for Human Resource Management Conference, Brad was rated 3rd out of more than 150 speakers.

Brad lives in Chicago with his wife Lisa and three sons: Milo, Gus and Digby. | | @BradKarsh | @JBTSolutions

Josh Bleill
Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson

Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.

While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson.

Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as “very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled,” and Josh now travels the country to spread his message of hope, “one step at a time.”






Theres Stiefer
Vice President for Thought Leadership, ALPFA Institute
Sam M. Walton College of Business


Theres Stiefer has been at the University of Arkansas since August 2002. Pervious to that, Stiefer came from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where she worked in Financial Assistance, Admissions, Advisement and Placement, and Student Development. While at Cameron, Stiefer assisted in developing 4-year leadership program for the outstanding high school seniors in Oklahoma, she helped to establish and create the Red River Career Expo.



Stiefer has worked in higher education for over 20 years and has a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas. She has been involved in local, regional, and national organizations. She has served as the President of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges and Employers, the President of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers (SWACE), and she is the first Arkansan to ever sit on the executive board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has served as Mistress of Ceremonies for several association annual SWACE conferences.
Stiefer also presents keynote addresses, strategic action sessions, and workshops to regional and national organizations all over the United States.



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