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HR Leaders of Tomorrow Featured Speakers

    Meet The Speakers for the 2024 HRLT Conference



    Emily is the Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Relations in the career services department at Boise State University. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified as a Higher Education Professional in Career Services. Additionally, she is a True Colors facilitator and administers personality assessments to diverse organizations and teams and enjoys helping others learn about themselves.

    Her passion has always been helping people, and she started working in customer service at a young age in the hospitality industry where she gained experience in management and human resources. The focus of her current position in career services is employer relations, managing career fairs, and Boise State’s job posting platform to help employers recruit students and alumni. She enjoys networking, relationship-building, and helping educate and train others. She is also the Co-Director of Student Affairs for the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley.




    Kelley Packer has over a decade of experience as an elected and appointed official.  She served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2013-2018 and on the McCammon City Council from 2008-2012. During that time, she served on multiple committees including serving as Vice Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee for 4 years.  Recognized as a leader amongst her peers, she was selected by the Speaker of the House and appointed by the Governor to serve on the Idaho State Health Insurance Exchange from 2014-2018.  She attended the Council of State Government’s Western Legislative Academy in 2014 and was elected class president. Additionally, she is a trained NICD Facilitator, was the 2021-2022 national co-chair for Next Gen and has facilitated civil discourse discussions for state legislatures throughout the country. Beyond serving in an official capacity, Kelley has taken her responsibility as a citizen of her communities seriously, as she co-founded the Marsh Valley Education Foundation and served as its president from 2011-2013 and formed a beautification committee for her hometown in 2010.

    Kelley led the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses under Governor Brad Little, an agency that serves more than 73,000 licensees and registrants and 28 Boards and one Commission. She played a key role in the Governor’s initiative to reduce barriers for people who want to work in Idaho while ensuring public protection.  Currently, Kelley serves as the Executive Director for the Idaho Association of Cities which provides advocacy, training, and research on behalf of Idaho’s 199 cities. 

    Kelley is also a small business owner and she holds a degree in Business Administration.




    Lacey Henning is the Director of People for Western Computer, where she brings the HR/People/Culture strategy to life. As the leader of the People Team, she defines and implements HR structure and processes and is charged with driving initiatives around recruitment, engagement, performance, and retention. She also partners closely with the executive team to ensure the HR vision aligns with the overall company vision.
    Lacey is also the president of the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley and has served in various roles on the HRATV board for several years. Lacey holds her SHRM-SCP certification and obtained her MBA and her BBA in Human Resource Management from Boise State University. 

    Lacey will present as part of the Alumni Panel.


    Tasia Grant TASIA GRANT, PHR

    Tasia is a seasoned and accomplished Human Resources professional with expertise in shaping the people strategies that drive organizational success. Her expertise spans a wide range of HR disciplines, including Talent Acquisition and Retention, Employee Engagement and Development, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits, HR Policy Development and Compliance, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Employee Relations and Conflict Resolution, Organizational Development, and Change Management. Tasia delivers energetic, compelling, relevant, and action-driven presentations.

    Her presentation for HRLT is called “Nothing Beats a Failure But a Try”: Interview Preparation Workshop

    Attendees will gain:

    • Better preparation for the interview
    • Confidence Building With Proven Interview Strategies
    • How to Seal the Deal at the End of an Interview and Walk Away With No Regrets

    Learn more about Ms. Grant on LinkedIn #NBFBAT #TasiaGrantSpeaker




    Ben Quintana, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is a professional speaker and leadership adviser with over 20 years of experience working for small, medium, and large organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He has also served two terms as an elected official on the Boise City Council. Before serving in public office, he started Boise Young Professionals and the Leadership Boise Alumni Association through the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, where he also worked in economic development and small business development.

    Ben started his HR career as a leadership development program manager and has worked as an organizational development manager, learning and development senior manager, organizational effectiveness director, and chief culture and people officer. Today, he advises leaders on achieving strategic business goals through their people. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, teaching MBA courses in leadership, business communication, and strategic human resources.

    In addition to his business and teaching career, Ben is working to complete his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho. Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Boise State University and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. He also completed the CCL Assessment Certification from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and is a Certified Change Practitioner with Prosci.