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Nominations & Election Process for the Beacon Board of Directors
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The Beacon Governance Committee has presented a slate of candidates for election to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning January 2020 and ending December 2022. The nominees are:


Larry Badler

Larry has over 20 years of experience in both Big 4 Management Consulting and Fortune 100 firms. He has served in strategic, business analysis and measurement, program design and execution, and technology roles across a wide range of global product lines and distribution channels. Following his initial experience with Deloitte Consulting, Larry spent 11 years with Bank of America – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, supporting multiple business groups in various consultative roles. Larry returned to Deloitte after Merrill, and leveraged his Six Sigma Black Belt certification and experience within Deloitte’s Process Excellence practice. He started his own consulting practice, Skybridge Consulting LLC in early 2017, with a focus on operational excellence and execution.

In February of this year, Larry was the Presidential Speaker at the annual conference of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM)

Larry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, from the University of Michigan, a Master in Architecture from Harvard University – Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business. 


Andreas Graesser

Founded the start-up innovad LLC in 2017, specializing as Service Provider to support organizations of mid- to large-size companies. Strategically, innovad provides Artificial Intelligence to support and scale 1st level support teams. Innovation Services based on Design Thinking and Business Transformation Services complete its services portfolio (

Authored the book “Run IT – Dominating Information Technology,” presenting the five pitfalls of software implementations along with complete KPI frameworks and risk mitigation measures (

Served as a senior executive for more than 20 years at SAP America and led and managed as SVP dominantly highly complex transformational customer engagements in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia (


Pat Schaeffer

Pat is co-founder of Talent Strategy Partners, a consulting practice that helps companies maintain a robust leadership pipeline through succession planning and leadership development. Her expertise is in the human behavior aspects of culture change and talent management.

She is also a group facilitator with formal training and extensive experience — from helping executive teams articulate the organization’s visions and goals to training employees about how they can contribute to the organization’s success. Her results focus keeps client initiatives moving, and importantly, ensures that those initiatives are completed and implemented successfully. 

With over 25 years of experience, Pat has consulted as well as worked in corporate. She began her career in retail merchandising with J.C. Penney and Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker’s. She transitioned to human resources with another Philadelphia retailer, Strawbridge & Clothier.

Pat’s consulting career began in 1983 as a compensation analyst and then project manager with Sibson & Company. At the conclusion of a project with Campbell Soup, Campbell’s director of compensation asked Pat to join the company. Pat worked for eight years at Campbell, serving as North American director of compensation for the last two of those years. Before founding Talent Strategy Partners in 2001, she was a principal for seven years in the Performance and Rewards Practice of Mercer HR Consulting in Philadelphia.

Pat is a member of Beacon, the executive networking group, currently serving as secretary of the board of directors and board liaison to the membership and programming committees. She is a former board member and program co-chair with the Philadelphia Society for People and Strategy and past president of PEBA, the Philadelphia area’s premier compensation and benefits professional association.  

She is a speaker on organization culture, leadership development, and succession planning, regularly acting as a guest lecturer at St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business. She developed a one-day succession planning seminar for the Rutgers University’s Continuing Professional Education program. She conducted the seminar for four years before turning the reins over to the leader of succession planning at American Water. The Reinvestment Fund of Philadelphia honored Pat with an award for her design work on their new performance management program.

She has a B.A., with a major in Biology, from Millersville University.


Morris Yankell

Morris Yankell has been strategizing, managing, communicating and cajoling Human Resources, Payroll and Information Systems transformation and project success for over 30 years.  In 1990, he formed HRComputes, a boutique Human Resources Technology and Sustainability, Women Owned, Consulting firm dedicated to improving company ROI based on employee and management adoption of technology and sustainability for better administration, data validity, analytics and employee engagement.  HRComputes brings a wealth of experience in HR, Payroll, Finance, IT, Project and Change Management to bear on all Process Transformation, Merger and Acquisition and other projects. Our client engagements have ranged, in employee count from 300 to 100,000+ and from the US and Latin America to Europe and the Far East.  

Prior to forming HRComputes, Morris was Vice President of HR Application Development at an investment banking firm and an HR Generalist at a major university medical center.  Morris has spoken at Local, National and International Conferences. He is the Co-Chair of the Human Capital Anayltics forum with HRPS, Chairperson of the Alumni Board of Directors for his alma mater, The New School, NYC, Chair of the Professional Services Committee at the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and a past Board Member of International Human Resources Information Management group.  Morris has an MA in Human Resources from the New School and a BA in Management and Communication from the University of Massachusetts. 


**Voting will take place electronically November 6-8**

**The 2019 nomination period has ended**


Nomination form is available here

All candidates are required to submit a Candidate Questionnaire Form available here.



Selection Criteria & Process

Our selection criteria are based on the criteria established in the bylawsValues & Code of Conduct, and as guided by the Board of Directors. Those criteria include active Beacon membership with the organization, involvement in Beacon subgroups and/or committee activities, demonstrated leadership within Beacon or other nonprofit organizations, the perceived ability to work well with other members of the Board of Directors and demonstrated ability to meet the skill sets suggested by the Beacon leadership.


The Governance Committee reviews applications, interviews candidates and determines the list of nominees presented to the membership for election. 


Election Process

Members of the Board are elected by the members of Beacon by electronic ballot; the election will take place November 4 - 6, 2019; and results will be announced at the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party in December. Those elected will serve a term of three years beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022. The Beacon Board of Directors is comprised of 9-12 individuals whose terms are staggered to provide both continuity and fresh perspectives with each new term. Following completion of one three-year term, members are eligible for nomination to a second three-year term. Once elected, the Board goes through a nominations process and elects its officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) for the year. 


Election Process Timeline

September 24

Call for Nominations Posted

October 18

Deadline for Applications & Nominations Submissions

October 21-28

Candidate Interviews

November 6-8

Election by Members

December 10

Election Results Announced


Board Roles and Responsibilities

Members of the Board will:

  • Have the opportunity to work with peers and colleagues to establish the policies, vision and goals for Beacon and help the association grow and thrive;
  • Provide insight and input to help Beacon members find value and achieve their professional and personal goals;
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to monitor progress toward Beacon’s strategic goals and contribute to establishing and revising strategies as appropriate; and
  • Contribute to ensuring that the Board fulfills its corporate duties of care, loyalty and obedience to the members and to Beacon in accordance with governing documents and policies.


The Board of Directors in 2020 will hold approximately six in-person meetings, tentatively scheduled for the fourth Monday of January, February, April, June, September and November from 6:00 to 8:00 pm., and a December meeting immediately preceding the holiday social event. (A final schedule for Board meeting times and dates will be determined based on the best dates for the members selected as well as checking against holidays and other conflicts.) The Board may also meet by conference call when business decisions require such phone meetings.

In addition to the routine business meetings, Board members will have an orientation session to establish common understanding of key organizational matters and standards for operation and communication, as well as a meeting focused on the mission, vision and strategic plan goals to ratify/suggest changes as appropriate. On average, directors can expect to spend 8 to 10 hours monthly on Board activities and preparation. Between meetings, members of the Board will:


  • Receive, review and evaluate documents intended to keep the Board apprised of organizational performance, events and activities, and issues that may require Board attention or oversight;
  • Attend Beacon major events and activities and meetings of committees and subgroups as appropriate (generally at least one per month) to remain informed, represent Beacon, and carry out specific work as assigned;
  • Seek out opportunities to gather information from members, staff, allied groups, media, etc., so that the Board’s decisions are informed by available knowledge/data/environmental factors relevant to its decisions;
  • Volunteer/be willing to serve on committees, task forces or working groups, and/or as a member or Board liaison, to carry out the work of Beacon;


Demonstrate the leadership qualities appropriate to Board membership by supporting decisions of the Board, being an enthusiastic representative of Beacon to internal and external audiences, and engaging in principled and robust dialogue to help the Board reach good decisions that will serve the Association and its members.