Panel Discussion with Learning Leaders

  • 11/14/2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • PSECU’s Corporate HQ, 1500 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA


  • Promotional code for guests of our board, panelists, host, and sponsors.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Join us for our second annual panel discussion with learning leaders around Central Pennsylvania! This panel discussion event, historically, has been regarded very highly by our members and the larger community of talent professionals we serve.

The purpose of this discussion is to offer our members and guests insight into the local trends of talent development across a variety of sectors; provide our regional members with resources to elevate career capabilities; and build professional relationships at a local level.

Panel discussion topics include onboarding, learning delivery and technology, metrics and learning sustainability, and employee development.


  • Ken Woodruff, Chief Talent Officer, The Hershey Company
    Ken Woodruff is the Chief Talent Officer, HR Operations and Analytics for the Hershey Company and has been with the organization since 2010. He and his team are responsible for fueling Hershey’s performance and growth by ensuring the organization has the right supply of diverse, skilled, motivated, talent. Specifically, in this role, Ken and his team own Enterprise and Executive Talent Planning, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Functional Learning, HR Technology and Process, and Workforce Analytics.

    Ken has held multiple executive leadership roles with Hershey, notably leading HR for the Global Functions and the U.S. where he was a key leader in building teams, organizations and capabilities.

    Prior to joining Hershey, Ken served as Sr. Director of Human Resources for Capital One, a Fortune 100 financial services company based in McLean, VA. In his 16 years with Capital One he held multiple leadership positions with a focus on call center management, HR technology and operations, learning & development, talent planning, performance management, and M&A integration.

    Ken received a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife, Angela, an accomplished Graphic Designer, Artist, and Teacher, live with their two children, Hannah and Nolan, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Richart, Director of Bureau of Planning and Management, PA Office of Comptroller Operations
    Mike began his career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Department of Labor & Industry.  During his time there, he developed an interest in procurement and eventually moved on to a purchasing agent position with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, where he worked for several years before accepting a Buyer position with the Department of General Services.

    Mike held several positions within the Department of General Services before his appointment to the Chief Procurement Officer of the Commonwealth where he managed $3.5 billion in spending for agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.  Mike finished his career with DGS as the Deputy Secretary for Procurement where he provided leadership and strategic direction to four bureaus; the Bureau of Procurement, the Bureau of Surplus and Supplies, the Bureau of Publications, and the Bureau of Small Business Opportunities.   In these roles, Mike improved operations and managed significant process and system changes such as the implementation of a comprehensive SAP procurement system upgrade and a Bureau-wide office reorganization.

    Mike is currently the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Management in the Office of the Budget, Comptroller Operations.  In this capacity, he manages a $55 million budget and the administrative back office functions of the 400-person Office including human resources, policy development, information technology and workforce development.

    Mike has a Master of Public Administration degree from the Shippensburg University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Lancaster Bible College.  He is certified by the Institute for Supply Management as a Certified Purchasing Manager.
  • Michelle Duncan, Director of Learning and Leadership Development, Penn State Health
  • Maggie Steinour, Chief Administrative Officer, Mid Penn Bank

Grayce Langheine, Turkey Hill Dairy’s Talent Management Manager and an ATD Master Trainer, will be moderating the session.

Full biographies will be available soon.

New Member/Prospective Member Meet and Greet:

We'd like to invite you to join us just prior to the event at 5:30 p.m. for our New Member/Prospective Member Meet and Greet.

This is a great way to connect with other new members and discuss the value that membership with our chapter can offer YOU. Additionally, we will have people from our Membership team there to answer any questions you may have about the chapter.

When you check in, just let our greeter know you are interested in joining the Meet and Greet, and he or she will direct you.

    Questions? Please reach out to Larry Asu, VP of Programs, at

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