Our Future Salem Panelists for April 13

Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran

President Emerita, Kalamazoo College

Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, president emerita of Kalamazoo College, retired in July 2016 after serving eleven years as president.  She has extensive leadership and governance experience in higher education, having previously served as vice president and dean of the college at Salem College (North Carolina) and held teaching and high-level administrative positions at Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

During her tenure at Kalamazoo, she led the most successful fundraising campaign in the college’s history to support scholarships, endowed professorships, capital projects, and the creation of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Under her leadership, the institution heightened trustee and alumni engagement, completed new construction and campus renovations, revised the curriculum, and made considerable strides toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Dr. Wilson-Oyelaran obtained a BA in sociology from Pomona College and an MA and a PhD in education from the Claremont Graduate University. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work in higher education, diversity, and inclusion.



Joe Lunardi

Director of Marketing and Broadcast Services for the Athletic Department

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

Joe Lunardi enters his 28th season on the Saint Joseph’s Sports Network (SJSN) as color analyst and has served as co-host of Phil Martelli’s "HawkTalk," both on radio and television.  He covered his 1,000th SJU game in 2016.

In June, Lunardi took on a new role as director of marketing and broadcast services for the Athletic Department, following more than three decades as the University's senior communications and marketing professional.  A 1982 Saint Joseph’s graduate, Lunardi returned to his alma mater in 1987 as director of media relations.  He later served as director of external relations, director of university communications, assistant vice president for marketing communications and finally vice president for marketing and communications.  In 1995 and 2004, Lunardi received the William J. Bennett Award for dedication and loyalty to the SJU men's basketball program.

Away from the University, Lunardi is the nationally-known "Bracketologist" for ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN.com. His ESPN.com bracketology site generates over 30 million hits per season. He does numerous public speaking engagements each year on behalf of Saint Joseph’s University, the Atlantic 10 and college basketball.



Lilicia Bailey

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since August 2016, Lilcia Bailey has had years of human resources experience with global companies, including building departments from the ground up, functional alignment and transformation, leading change, and all facets of “transformative people strategy” that lead to organizational success. 

Previously, Bailey was executive vice president and chief people officer at Belk, Inc., where she built the company’s change management, culture and engagement functions, and centralized its HR field division with a focus on career development, training, increased employee engagement and workflow efficiencies.

Prior to Belk, Bailey was senior vice president, business services and chief people officer for Manheim Auctions, a division of Cox Enterprises.  The nonprofit membership organization AARP annually recognized Manheim four times as a “Best Place to Work for People 50 and Over.”

She has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America by Black Enterprise, as well as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.

Bailey earned an executive MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a BA from Spelman College.



David Wagner

Vice President, Corporate Strategy

VF Corporation, Greensboro

David Wagner is Vice President, for VFC’s Corporate Strategy.  VFC is a company that outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®.  David is responsible for leading the company’s strategy and consumer insights functions, including guiding activation of VF’s long-term global business strategy and shepherding VF’s strategic planning processes.  Wagner and his team work closely with VF's business unit leaders and Senior Leadership Team to activate new consumer and market insights, and to ensure progress against VF’s strategic objectives.

Prior to this role, Wagner served as Vice President, Strategy and Integrated Planning from 2013 to 2017.  From 2010 to 2014, he was Vice President of Strategy for VF International in the company’s Lugano, Switzerland, office.  In Europe, he established the strategy and insights functions for VF EMEA and supported the development of VF’s Asia strategy capability.  Prior to joining VF, Wagner worked in private equity for Banc of America Capital Investors and as a consultant for McKinsey & Co.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.



Tom Sternal


Generation Branding

Brooklyn & Hudson, NY

Tom Sternal is the president of Generation Branding, a consultancy that works exclusively with non-profit organizations.  He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in American culture. Tom has led more than 150 client engagements for a wide range of schools, colleges, and other nonprofit institutions.  He is a regular speaker on college and independent school campuses and national organizations, including the American Marketing Association, University and College Design Association, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Since May 2017, Tom and his team have been working with Salem College to better understand its market position, develop a new messaging platform, and implement a student recruitment marketing plan, including the creation of new digital and direct mail outreach.