Dr. Charlene Rousseau is the CEO and Co-Founder of InvestHuman podcast show. She is also currently the Learning and Development Manager at ChenMed where she leads a team of top-notch talented L&D professionals in developing and delivering Clinical and Non-Clinical Learning and Development programs aligned with achieving the company’s vision and mission. Dr. Char earned her PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Capella University, her MS in the same field from Carlos Albizu University, and her BA in General Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interest areas are Adult Learning, Distance and Online Education, Performance Management, Leadership, Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and Work Life Integration.
Dr. Char has clocked over 30,000 hours in curriculum design and has over a decade experience in training, facilitation, speaking, psychometrics, executive coaching, and Learning and Organizational Development (L&OD) consulting in multiple industries including Corporate Settings, Automotive, Sales, Finance, Insurance, Government/Military, University Education, and Call Centers to list a few. Her L&OD programs have led to the enrichment and development of over 15,000 professionals. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the POCMI, Inc., Baker College’s Graduate I/O Psychology Program, Keiser University’s Graduate I/O Psychology Program, and is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, South Florida Organizational Development Network, Association for Talent Development, and the South Florida Diversity Council. She is also an Associate Professor at Baker College Online Graduate School for Psychological Studies, developing and instructing graduate courses in the I/O Psychology field.
In 2016, Char was honored with the National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award for women who have “overcome barriers to climb to the top, achieving personal success while also making it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps”. She’s also a contributor to the eLearning Guild annual best practices Tips eBook, Training Industry Online Magazine, Rutgers’s Business Review peer-review academic scholarly journal, and is an avid blogger on LinkedIn, writing and publishing articles on topics related to the field.
In her free time, Char loves spending time with her family, volunteering with Make-a-Wish South Florida as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Melissa Powell is an immigrant from a long line of immigrants who moved around the world for business opportunity. Her original path as an architectural designer took her on her first journey through immigration 15 years ago. Since then, the journey has turned her into a business enthusiast, in the habit of connecting people globally and solving potential problems. After realizing how important her experiences were in helping to shape her growth, and the growth of companies she has worked with, she became an advocate to help bring young professionals to the global marketplace by breaking down barriers while promoting cultural diversity.
Through her mission to shape culture and change the stigma of diversity, she founded Pocmi, Inc - a company whose mission is to promote peace through innovation and diversity, by improving the way countries and companies approach the movement of high skilled immigrants. She believes that diversification can lift nations and lives by “If we all win, we all win." Melissa has applied her depth of knowledge and concepts of building and creating things to the realm of talent development and international business. With this she has been able to help organizations in the Caribbean, North America and Europe grow through strategic thinking in organizational development as well as human capital management.
She focuses on leading clients through specialized coaching and assessments to ensure efficient recruitment, on-boarding and cultural immersion of international talent, so that they can reap the benefits of a diversified team. She has also created an innovative platform for Pocmi that facilitates the connection between global minded talent and businesses that want to expand their talent pool internationally.
Karen Millsap became a widow at 29 when her husband died tragically. After losing most of her support network and experiencing a domino effect of other losses, Karen recognized the overall lack of assistance in our society for grieving people, especially in the workplace.
This realization ignited Karen’s desire to launch Egency, a company that teaches leaders how to create a human-centric workforce with compassion and empathy. Her firm partners with organizations who are committed to creating an environment where people feel inspired, cared for, safe, and are celebrated for who they are and what they do.
In addition to the workshops offered through her company, Karen speaks at conferences nationwide and hosts community events to teach how to put compassion into action - and why it’s important we don’t stand idle in the face of each other's struggles. She has designed practical tools that, when combined with her inspirational story and magnetic personality, fortify unity and uplift humanity.
Karen is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in Forbes, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Good Morning Washington and various news outlets. She's also been featured by SHRM Magazine and is a regular contributor to Ariana Huffington's THRIVE Global community.