Meet the 2022 Small Giants Summit Speakers!

Elaine Ezekiel

Director of Marketing | Atomic Object

(she/her)

Elaine Ezekiel is the Director of Marketing at Atomic Object. Atomic is a 20-year-old employee-owned Small Giants alumnus that builds custom software. She spends her days connecting teams of software craftsfolk in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Chicago with clients fixing the future.

Elaine borrows from her training in journalism and nonprofit development to shape a marketing ethos of transparency, curiosity, and long-term thinking. She’s shared Atomic with a national audience, grown a small-but-mighty team of inbound marketers, and fostered a network of Atomic fans.

Elaine is an audiobook fiend and an aspiring bikepacker. 

Track: Emerging Leaders

Mel Gravely

CEO | TriVersity Construction

(he/him)

Mel is an active community leader and the CEO of TriVersity Construction. His latest book, Dear White Friend, takes a personal approach to race in today’s America and looks at how we can all work towards a more inclusive business community. Dear White Friend was inspired by his desire to provide an onramp of understanding for his friends and a roadmap to talk productively about race.

Gravely has served on the boards of the local United Way, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and has been active with Artswave, the largest community arts fund in the nation. He co-chairs the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, a group of 100 middle market CEOs working collectively toward meaningful civic action. 

He has received several awards and distinctions, including the Larry Albice Entrepreneurship Award, Forty Under Forty Award, and the 2020 Carl H. Linder Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit.

Track: Mainstage

Olga Heifets

Organizational Development + Learning Manager | StickerGiant

(she/her)

Olga is the Organizational Development + Learning Manager of Sticker Giant. A highly collaborative, solution-oriented problem solver, Olga’s innate ability is rapidly flexing between identifying strategic priorities, and translating those into actionable tactics. Attuned to the human systems at play, she elevates team performance by connecting dots, fortifying culture, identifying opportunities, and organizing others to drive outcomes. Ambiguity be damned, Olga’s comfortable leading teams with or without authority in high-growth and fast-paced environments – whatever the sector. Her relational approach drives her internal consulting, employee engagement, critical strategic efforts, and culture-forward work. People are her passion – and the juice that drives why she shows up every day. 

Track: Mainstage

Gretchen Murphy

Chief Human Resources Officer | Service Express

(she/her)

Gretchen Murphy is Service Express’ Chief Human Resources Officer. Since 2012, Gretchen has helped  foster strong relationships throughout the organization and has transitioned Service Express’ HR  department from a small-company grassroots effort to a “Hire to Retire” talent management operation.  She leads the Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and HR General teams which includes  Compensation/Payroll, Benefits, Employee Engagement and Employee Relations roles. 

Gretchen serves on the HR Advisory Committee at the YWCA, the HR Advisory Board for Grand Valley  State University’s Seidman College of Business and is an adjunct professor of HR at GVSU.

Track: Founder/CEO

Beth Smith

CEO | StickerGiant

(they/them/theirs)

Results through relationship is at the core of how Beth shows up at work and in life – because after all, if we work really hard to make amazing things happen together, yet when we reach our goal/destination/deliverable the journey didn’t enrich our relationships, then, we missed the whole point of “together.”  As a self-professed business geek with a deep understanding of human behavior, Beth is most at home working with teams and organizations experiencing hyper-growth, challenged to develop novel products/solutions, and undertaking the creative process of ever-evolving organizational design and culture evolution. As a mindful awareness and mediation practitioner and certified teacher, Beth is deeply committed to sharing these practices as a means for meeting the demands of work and life with inner resilience, curiosity and self-compassion. After all, it is our own personal inner work that expands our capability to work and be together in ways that hold the possibility that just might transform our world.   

Track: Mainstage

Tom Walter

Chief Culture Officer | Tasty Catering

(he/him)

Tom Walter is a keynote speaker, author and award-winning entrepreneur. He is considered a practitioner-scientist in the area of employee engagement and company culture.

One of his companies, Tasty Catering, has been the subject of 6 doctoral dissertations. Tom co-authored the award-winning book on employee engagement that is part of the business curriculum in over 40 universities, Its My Company Too! He has also co-authored four academic journal articles on employee engagement and corporate culture.

Tom has founded or co-founded 40 companies in the past 40 plus years. His employees have co-founded 9 of those companies alongside Tom. Tasty Catering has twice been named the Psychologically Healthiest Workplace as per the American Psychological Association, the Best Small Company in America by Inc. Magazine, Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Track: Founder/CEO

Diana Wong

CEO & President | Sensei Change Associates

(she/her)

Diana J. Wong, PhD is CEO and President of Sensei Change Associates. Diana‘s expertise is in strategy and developing learning programs for improving organizational performance. She earned a PhD in organizational strategy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Dalhouse University, Halifax.

With an extensive international background, Diana focuses on supporting leaders and management teams with strategic planning and meeting facilitation, organization development, leadership development, executive coaching, training and development, cross-cultural competency development and organizational learning systems. Diana is a certified coach in conducting 360 degree feedback with the HayGroup’s emotional competency inventory for leadership development to impact performance. 

Track: Emerging Leaders