2023 SEMINAR SPEAKERS
Learn about our 2023 Seminar Speakers and how they have impacted their communities.
Amy Wells | Dynatrace
Amy Wells has spent over 15 years facilitating, building and innovating as a learning and development leader for organizations large and small. Most recently, Amy’s love of creating in a fast-paced environment, landed her at Dynatrace, a global high-growth leader in AI and Cloud Technologies where she is the Vice President of Talent Development. Prior to joining Dynatrace in 2023, Amy led talent & learning at two different high-growth, healthcare tech startups (hims and Carbon Health) where she launched foundational talent lifecycle activities such as career frameworks, performance management, talent review, leadership development and employee engagement. While Amy’s time at these startups were formative, much of her experience in change leadership and talent development came from almost 10 years at Comcast. During her time at the media and technology company, Amy leveraged her design thinking skills to build Comcast’s first business acumen program, create a pipeline of successors to fill the orgs most critical roles, and overhaul the enterprise-wide accelerated leadership development strategy, ensuring that learning experiences supported long-term talent planning and movement.
Amy holds a BS in Communication from the University of Scranton and an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University, where she served as an adjunct professor between 2012 and 2016.
On a personal note, Amy lives in Haddon Heights, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia, with her husband, two children, and rescue pup. When she’s not working, you can find Amy listening to podcasts, playing tennis, cheering a little too loudly on the sidelines during kids' soccer games, or diving into a DIY project.
Peter Urscheler | Mayor, Phoenixville
Peter Urscheler currently serves as Mayor of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. In 2017, when he was first elected, he was the youngest Mayor in the Phoenixville Borough’s 170-year history. As Mayor, Urscheler oversees a 30-person police force which serves over 17,500 residents. As an elected official, Urscheler has worked to champion several causes including: affordable housing, increased services for senior citizens, public transportation, reducing the educational attainment gap for economically disadvantaged families, total equality protections, and environmental sustainability.
Originally from Tavares, Florida, Peter graduated from Stetson University in 2006. After graduation, he worked for 8 years at SEI, a major international financial services corporation based in greater Philadelphia, before starting his own boutique consulting firm, 235 Bridge, in 2014. Through 235 Bridge, Peter serves the unique needs of small businesses and municipalities, working with a variety of organizations on strategy, communications, marketing, and growth initiatives.
Peter resides in Phoenixville with his two dogs, Ian and Ina.
Regan Yeldell | Comcast RISE
Regan is the Executive Director of the Comcast RISE program, a philanthropic initiative within Comcast to support, enable and elevate small businesses. She is responsible for the awareness, adoption and distribution of technology enhancements, financial grants and marketing resources tied to supporting more than 13,000 small businesses nationwide.
Regan is an influential and passionate leader with over 20 years of marketing and technology expertise. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and holds a BS in Marketing from The College of New Jersey, and an MBA in Information Technology from American University. She is a sought-after speaker on diversity, personal branding and career advancement.
Outside of work, Regan is a travel enthusiast who enjoys visiting different countries around the world (30 and counting!).
Karleigh Patton, Co-Founder Stand Against Racism Initiative
& 2019 PA East Alumna
A HOBY PA East Alumni and current Junior at Kutztown University, Karleigh Patton is excited to return to share her own leadership experience with the next generation of HOBY Ambassadors. Karleigh is currently majoring in Communication Design and double minoring in Business and Social Media Theory. When not in class, she can be found in various leadership roles around campus or volunteering in her hometown of Reading, PA. Some of these roles include Secretary of Kutztown's Student Government Board, Community Assistant for Rothermel Hall, and member of Diversity Council. She is also an alumna of Youth Volunteer Corps, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, and a Co-Founder of the national youth movement called "Stand Together Against Racism," where she is able to use her creative skills as well as leadership experiences to provide youth with a platform to discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In addition, for the past two summers, she has served as an intern for the nonprofit, VOiCEup Berks. Karleigh hopes to one day be the director of her own arts-based nonprofit and provide youth with the opportunity to learn and grow with mentorship through the arts.