Rebels With A Heart:
The New Rules of Leadership

The Rebel Mindset - What Does It Take?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

11:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM CT | 2:00 PM ET


  • Heather Halliburton – VP, Talent Experience, KAR Global
  • Debbi Lannon-Smith – SVP, Human Resources, FastMed
  • Nina E. Woodward – President & Chief ‘N Sights Officer, Nina E. Woodward & Associates

Moderated by: Derek Lundsten, President & CEO, LifeGuides


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Today, business leaders have the opportunity to rewrite the rules! 

Learn how these Rebel Leaders have broken the barriers (in more ways than one!) and are leading the way to create a new reality filled with a higher purpose for the people, organizations and communities they serve.  It is through these shared values they are building a better workplace, a better home life, and a better world (literally!) for everyone to flourish, thrive – and enjoy a higher degree of overall joy and happiness

Over the hour, topics include:

  • Spelling out what a Rebel Mindset is – what kind of leader does it takes?  What are the skills to nurture it?
  • The Rebel Mindset is global – but, how does it translate?  What are the cultural barriers? 
  • How does a Rebel Mindset actually elevate talent retention, development and recruitment?

Meet This Month’s Rebels:

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Heather Halliburton is an experienced HR leader with a career largely in the generalist space with proven success delivering progressive, business-focused solutions.

As the VP, Talent Experience at KAR Global, she enjoys focusing on strategies tied directly to the employee journey within the organization – from attraction with employer brand, to acquiring with creative recruiting, to growing better humans with intentional development and inclusion.

Her previous executive experience blends marketing, product management, HR, plus people and culture roles, particularly across the life sciences. Heather was with Hologic for more than eight years, as well as OrthoIndy. More recently, she was with Our Health, initially as VP, Marketing, then VP, Human Resources to ultimately become VP, People & Culture for nearly three years.

Heather has spent several years as a Board Member with the Susan G. Koman / Central Indiana affiliation.  Currently, she is a Board Member for Prevail, Inc, a non-profit providing crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse.

She holds a BS in Management and Marketing from Indiana University, along with a MS, Human Resources Development from Villanova University.

Debbi Lannon-Smith is currently SVP, Human Resources at FastMed.  She is an accomplished human resources executive with an outstanding record of success in building and transforming human capital strategies aligned with business goals and driving organizational/culture change.

Prior to joining FastMed, she served as CHRO at private universities developing innovative strategies for higher education. Debbi also led human resources at Isola, providing global leadership in the development and implementation of employment policies, programs, and services, including employee relations, benefits, recruitment, and compensation. She has also led the HR initiatives for semiconductor companies, including Microsemi, International Rectifier, and ON Semiconductor.

As a consultant, she brought retention strategies to On Lok, a not-for-profit senior care organization in the San Francisco area, and helped TurbineAero pass an FAA drug-testing program audit.

Debbi was one of the first HR professionals in the U.S. — and the first in the state of Arizona — to be certified as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) by the HR Certification Institute, and she also holds an SHRM-SCP. She gives back to her profession by volunteering as a subject matter expert for HRCI’s test-writing organization.

Debbi is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Art.

Nina E. Woodward serves as the President and Chief ‘N’ Sights Officer for Nina E. Woodard & Associates. Using customized executive coaching and strategic business consulting strategies, Nina strives to heighten leadership’s ability to create high-performance work environments and to generate ROI on their human capital. Utilizing her own personally tested and developed management techniques, Humnipotent Management Techniques ℠, she offers a unique approach to organizational effectiveness spanning generations and cultures.

She is Associate Faculty at the University of Arizona Global Campus and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and teaches the SHRM Certification program.

Also, to her credit, Nina was the first Managing Director for SHRM India, building the SHRM brand from the ground up in the region.

She is the mentor, business coach and an Independent Director for Husys Consulting in India, and a Board Member for Skill Beyond Boundaries, a UK technology startup.  She serves as a member of the advisory team for the World HR Congress and Asia Pacific HR Congress. 

Nina is the Past President of the San Diego SHRM, a member of Colorado Springs SHRM, and serves on the CalSHRM Board as a member of the Continuity Committee.  Nina has her BA in Management and her MBA from California Coast University, as well as holds numerous prominent HR certifications.