Featured Keynote Speakers


Lisa Ling

  Lisa Ling, award-winning journalist, author, and host of "This is Life" on CNN is our Wednesday, September 26th closing speaker.

Before working with CNN, Ling was a field correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and contributor to ABC News' "Nightline". Lisa was also the first female host of National Geographic's flagship show "Explorer" which sent her to cover the phenomenon of female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang—considered the world's most dangerous gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.

Lisa was a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show "The View," which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. In 2011, her acclaimed documentary journalism series, "Our America" with Lisa Ling, was created and began airing on OWN. Ling is the co-author of "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood" and "Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home," which she penned with her sister, Laura. In 2014, President Obama appointed Lisa to the Commission on White House Fellows.

Ling fearlessly stands at the forefront of key issues facing our world and nation today, and through her journalism work brings untold stories to the forefront.  Ling displays fearless leadership characteristics and we are honored to have her as a thought-provoking closing speaker.   


 Mike Abrashoff

  We are excited and proud to announce that D. Michael Abrashoff, speaker and author of New York Times business best seller It’s Your Ship, Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy will be the keynote presenter on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Abrashoff’s story puts him in the middle of one of the most innovative and organizational transformations in Navy history. At the age of 36, Mike Abrashoff assumed the position of Commander of the USS Benfold. At the time the USS Benfold didn’t have a great reputation as high turnover, poor morale and lack of ownership among the crew was present. Within a year, Abrashoff took this ship, likely the worst performing ship in the Navy, and moved it to rank as number 1 in performance.

The center of this change is due to Abrashoff changing his leadership style and influencing culture working with the crew he had. His message is clear as leadership matters and culture is everything. 

Mike is author of three books.  It’s Your Ship, has sold more than one million copies. His more recent books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together, show how business leaders have implemented lessons learned from the USS Benfold into their own organizations


 Johnny Taylor, Jr


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Taylor has roots here in North Carolina; Charlotte to be exact.  When, Taylor, took over as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors at just 36 years old, he was a rising star within the Charlotte corporate and civic scene.  

He currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

With an impressive background in corporate and not-for-profit businesses we are excited to have Mr. Taylor kick off our conference on Monday, September 24th with inspiration and words of wisdom on his leading with courage experience. 


 Steve Gilliland

  Rated one of SHRM's Top Speakers and heard daily on Sirius XM - Laugh US we are THRILLED to welcome Steve Gilliland as one of our Keynote Speakers for Pinehurst 2018!

Masters Series 

Join us for the 2018 Masters Series!  We will have a pre-conference and a post-conference speaker to deliver you with a series that will leave you feeling empowered and engaged!


Pre-conference - Master Series - Sunday, September 23rd 2:30pm – 4:30 pm

From Stretched Too Thin to Thriving - Jessica Turner, Author of The Fringe Hours


Do you ever feel stretched too thin?  How can you continue to be a good leader when you are balancing every scope of your day? For many working professionals, the juggling act of work, home management, family responsibilities is overwhelming.  However, it is possible to thrive in these areas, feeling intense satisfaction in your personal and professional life.  Discover how to overcome the hustle and truly thrive as a working professional in high pressured situations while staying focused and productive.  With candid stories and practical solutions, Jessica’s inspiring message will encourage you to live a better and more fulfilled life.  These steps will help become the leader who leaves a legacy.

Workplace stress is costing businesses more than $300 billion dollars and is leading to absenteeism, turnover and increased healthcare costs.  In this busy world of ours, the mind is constantly pulled from pillar to post leaving thoughts and emotions array causing the stress, high strung and anxiety within our days.  Techniques that allow you to take five minutes here and ten minutes there for yourself will allow us to lead more productive lives.

Jessica N. Turner is the author of the best-selling book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, which encourages individuals to practice self-care and make time for their passions. Jessica practices what she preaches as she juggles writing a popular lifestyle blog, being a mommy of three and working a full-time professional position.   She founded her blog The Mom Creative in 2006 and is a trusted voice with numerous brands including Southwest Airlines, Maytag, P&G, World Market, etc.   Jessica is an award-winning marketing professional and currently is working for one of the nation’s top health care institutions developing social media and content strategy. 

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, gives readers the ability to discover the secrets of finding fringe hours (pockets of time) in everything that they do. Within the book turner addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better leader, spouse, friend, parent.



Post-conference - Wednesday, September 26th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Culture Drives Engagement - Next Stop - Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work List

Earl Springer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP started with Sheetz in 1983 as a Manager Trainee in Chambersburg, PA. Mr. Springer is credited with bringing the Meals to Order - MTO concept to life in a moment of innovation and team work.  Today, Earl has been with Sheetz more than 35 years and is currently serving as the Manager, of Employee Programs within the Corporate HR department. Within this role, Earl oversees onboarding, training, recognition and employee engagement.


This master series session will focus how to use recognition to help build a culture of engagement.  Session topics will surround strategy in helping to retain and attract the best employees, to engage and accelerate performance.  Participants will learn the basics of appreciation – frequency, specifics, and timeliness; what surveys tell us about employee engagement; and reasons for lack of employee acknowledgement.  Recognition ideas will be discussed and shared. Being a legendary leader is about building and appreciating the team.  It all starts here!


Sheetz a family owned organization headquartered in Altoona, PA with more than 565 stores and 18,200 of employees. Sheetz was recently renamed one of the Fortune Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranked No 66. Sheetz is an organization familiar with these coveted positions showing up on the Top 100 Best Places to work lists repeatedly for millennials and women within the states they operate.  Sheetz absolutely has a story of family and how that culture can build a winning team.

NCSHRM has a tradition of using educational conference sessions as a platform for support and innovation in the field of human resources. We look for contributors who are willing to share their expertise without expectation of payment in the spirit of the profession. Your participation helps us to educate all HR professionals and mentor our future HR leader.