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Hygieia’s Networking and Leadership Conference: Turning Point – Leveraging Complex Situations to Advance Your Career


Feb 23 2023


1:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Kimberly Clark Professional - Roswell, GA
400 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30076

(Activity Room)


Member: $89 USD
Nonmember: $119 USD

In Hygieia’s Networking and Leadership conference, industry leaders will discuss the moment that was pivotal for their success and how they can help you take on those opportunities in your career.

As part of the conference, we will:

  • Help you identify opportunities
  • Understand steps needed to lead in complex situations
  • Advocate for yourself while supporting your team
  • Discover skills to help you gain visibility and recognition

This conference and networking event
is sponsored by:

Event Details:
Date & Time:

Thursday, February 23, 2023
12 -1 pm: Check-in and Lunch
1 – 5 pm: Conference
5 – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception


Kimberly Clark Professional (Building 600)
1400 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA

Parking: Building 200/600 Parking Lot
(Follow parking signs)


5 – 6:30 pm: Networking Reception:

Networking reception will immediately follow the conference. Beer, wine, signature cocktail, & hot and cold Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Enter for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card during the reception. You must be present to win.


Note: The networking event is included if you buy a conference ticket. 

Interested in registering a large group?
For inquries about group ordering, please contact the event organizer.

Hygieia Network


Hygieia Network
(224) 534-5059

Other Organizers

Dr. Felicia Townsend
(224) 534-5059
[email protected]


  • Susan Gambardella
    Susan Gambardella
    President – North America, Kimberly Clark Professional

    Susan Gambardella joined Kimberly-Clark Professional (KCP) as President of North America in February 2020. In this role, Susan is accountable for KCP’s largest region.

    Prior to joining KCP, Susan most recently served as Executive Vice President of Growth Channels at Advantage Solutions, a global provider of technology-enabled sales and marketing business solutions for large consumer goods manufacturers and retailers. She spent 27 years with The Coca-Cola Company in numerous leadership positions, including Sr. Vice President, National Retail Sales and Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the CEO and Chairman.

    While at The Coca-Cola company, Susan also served as Group Vice-President of the Wendy’s Global Account Team, Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola North America’s Integrated Marketing team, and Zone Vice President for Coca-Cola Foodservice and On-Premise. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Susan was a Unit Manager with Procter and Gamble.

  • Karen D. Vingelen
    Karen D. Vingelen
    SVP of South Central Region, American Paper & Twine, a Division of Imperial Dade

    Karen Doochin Vingelen is Senior Vice President of the South Central Region for American Paper & Twine (AP&T), the premier wholesale supplier and distributor of janitorial, packaging, disposable food service, safety and office products in the southeastern United States. AP&T is a division of Imperial Dade, the leading independently owned and operated distributor of foodservice packaging, facilities maintenance supplies and equipment in the United States with a growing network of over 100 distribution centers nationwide. Prior to Imperial Dade’s acquisition of AP&T in December of 2021, Karen served as President/COO of AP&T and was instrumental in growing the business by $20 million in 2021, leading AP&T to achieve over $200 million in sales in 2021.

  • Melissa Jacobs
    Melissa Jacobs
    Director – Corporate Accounts, Cintas Corporation

    Melissa Jacobs was promoted to Director of Corporate Account in June 2021 at Cintas Corporation. Melissa oversees a team of Major Account Managers who manage over $120 million in revenue and contribute over $20 million in new business each year.
    In her prior role as Training Director of the Southeast, she trained and developed over 150 sales reps. Under Melissa’s leadership she restructured the Peer Mentor Program and Strategic Selling Training.
    Melissa joined Cintas in 2010 as a Uniform Sales Representative. In 2014, she became a Senior Sales Executive, then transitioned to the role of Global Account Manager in 2016. In January of 2018, Melissa took over an acquisition location as Sales Manager. In 2019, she was promoted to Training Director then Corporate Accounts Director.
    Prior to Cintas, Melissa owned and operated a small business as a sole proprietor after graduating high school. She holds Marketing, Business Management, and Human Resource Degrees. She completed her MBA in 2019.

  • Dr. Tatum Thomas, Ph.D.
    Dr. Tatum Thomas, Ph.D.
    Dean | School of Continuing and Professional Studies, DePaul University

    Dr. Tatum Thomas is the Dean of DePaul University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). SCPS offers undergraduate adult, graduate, and nondegree programs. Notably, its centers, and special initiatives, such as the Center for the Advancement of Adults in Education, Labor Education Center, and the Adult Men of Color Initiative emphasize access and activism. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors with the University Professional Education Association (UPCEA), where she serves on the Governance Committee, and Credential Innovation subcommittee for typology, terminology, and standards. She also serves as a Peer Evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and she is on the DePaul University’s Planning Committee for the Institute for Restorative Educational Engagement, supporting advancements in college-in-prison programs. Dr. Thomas previously held strategic leadership roles at Columbia University in the City of New York, and New York University.

  • Julia Georgoff
    Julia Georgoff
    Sr. Director Global Wipers Innovation & Category Marketing, Kimberly Clark Professional

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