2021 Workplace Policy Conference

Keynote Speakers

  • Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP


    Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP, is an expert in Human Resources with 20+ years of experience focused on production planning, lean management, diversity & inclusion, forecasting, quality control, training, and project management.   Not only has she proven her professionalism with various accolades, speaking engagements, and expansive leadership background, she is also an inaugural member of the SHRM Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity, Together Forward @Work, to advocate for bold action and change in the workplace.  Throughout her career of delivering operational efficiencies for various organizations, she has also been instrumental in speaking with a respected voice for the Sales, Lean Six Sigma, and HR communities.

    Throughout her extensive career, she has been well known in the industry for her charisma, funny disposition, storytelling, great listening and relatable communication skills.  Trisha’s colleagues, friends, and family are known to speak about her compassion and down-to-earth mentality.  As a mentor, friend, and professional, she continues to make strides in the industry.

    Various roles have encompassed Trisha’s expertise, including being the Senior Director of Business Operations & Strategy for WSA Distributing, Inc. via Efficient Edge.  She has also tackled the Senior Leadership Consultant role, ensuring a structured, cost-sensitive, operationally focused environment for Efficient Edge HR & Insurance Services.  With a well-known top tier client base, she has been able to lead advanced training and project manage high-level HR efforts.  As a C-Suite leader, Trisha is also well known for creating growth strategies while coaching and mentoring professionals to be operationally sound. 

    As the host of “HR with Style” and the leading lady of www.trishazulic.com, Trisha has been able to captivate audiences across the nation, whether to discuss daily activities or professional business initiatives.  As a well-rounded professional and businesswoman, Trisha is credited for her extensive volunteer work for SHRM and CalSHRM. 

    Additionally, Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP has made it her mission and business vision to continue to partner with leadership teams and Board of Directors across the nation to lead performance management, create strategic 5-year plans, and reach operational excellence.  Trisha is a proven HR leader with multifaceted achievements across various industries, including being a SHRM instructor, and will continue to strive for organizational growth to discover best practices, which in return advocates for growth and work culture success.

    For more information on Trisha Zulic, SHRM-SCP please visit her LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/trishazulic


    Monday, April 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
  • Charlie Cook


    Charlie Cook is widely considered to be one of the nation’s most respected and impartial analyst of American politics, elections and political trends.  As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, columnist for National Journal, political analyst for NBC News and co-author of the upcoming 2020 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, Charlie’s prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. Deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, he produces the sharpest and most impartial political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be “in the know” about politics. 

    Cook’s expertise receives endless praise. The New York Times called him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both Parties regard as authoritative.” The Washington Post said he is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” and the Washingtonian called him “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else.” 

    With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, Charlie Cook focuses on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, he forecasts the fortunes of each party in a non-partisan way, leaving audiences with the concrete information they need in today’s political environment.

    Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:50pm
  • Moderator: 

    Mark Walker


    Mark Walker started his career in finance management in North Carolina in 1991. In 1999, Walker earned a theology degree followed by a 16 year career as an ordained minister. In 2014, Walker stepped away from ministry and made a successful run for Congress. After arriving in Congress, Walker became the only member in their first term to be elected by his colleagues as Chairman of the RSC - the largest caucus in Congress. Walker served on House Administration, Education & Labor Committees, House Oversight and on Homeland Security, serving as the ranking member on Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee. Walker created the HBCU Fly-in attended by more 80 Chancellors from HBCU's across the country. Walker also worked with Congresswoman Alma Adams to launch the paid internship from program for college students and Walker is a frequent speaker on his work on Criminal Justice Reform. In addition, Congressman Walker served with Senator James Lankford as Co-Chair of the bi-cameral Prayer Caucus.