Hunt Scanlon Media’sThe Keys to Scaling: It's More Than Just an Experienced CEO

May 16th - 1:00pm EDT

Scaling a company is a significant milestone that many businesses aspire to achieve. However, the common misconception is that it takes an experienced CEO at the helm to successfully navigate this crucial phase. In reality, scaling has more to do with readiness, purpose, and a specific set of required leadership traits and skills that often shift as the company grows and matures. Understanding the evolving competencies required for scaling and ensuring the right leadership and skill sets are in place are what truly determines a company’s success.

Join us on May 16th at 1:00 PM EDT for an enlightening session that transcends conventional wisdom. Our panel of esteemed leaders and innovators will delve into the intricacies of scaling beyond the boardroom. They will uncover the pivotal roles of readiness, purpose, and evolving leadership competencies that define the success of scaling endeavors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine scaling success for your organization. Secure your spot now and prepare to unlock the true potential of your leadership and strategy in driving your company’s growth beyond the horizon.


Robert C. Satterwhite, PhD

Partner & Head, Leadership Advisory Practice
Odgers Berndtson

Dr. Robert Satterwhite is a partner at Odgers Berndtson and oversees the firm’s Leadership Advisory Practice designing, managing, and delivering selection, onboarding, development, succession, and coaching programs. In this capacity, he provides actionable, metrics-backed, and context-relevant insights and support to executives and their teams, up-and-coming leaders and high-potentials, and Boards.

Working as a trusted advisor and confidante, Robert is inspired by enabling executives and their teams to accelerate their impact, influence, potential, and performance. For the past 25 years, he has consulted with private and public-sector organizations from small non-profits to the largest companies in the world and worked in nearly all industries, including industrial, manufacturing, CPG, transportation, aerospace and defense, retail, energy, pharma, telecommunications, internet and technology, private equity, financial services, insurance, and government.

Robert has a Master’s in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and is co-author of the book, The Importance of Psychological Traits. Robert has also appeared in Human Resource Executive Magazine,’s Talent Management Excellence Magazine, AESC’s Executive Talent Magazine, and Retail Leader, discussing human resources, human capital, and talent management issues.

John McFarland

Partner & Head, US Healthcare Practice
Odgers Berndtson

John McFarland is a Partner and the Head of the US Healthcare Practice at Odgers Berndtson. In this role, John uses his deep experiences, expertise, and relationships to help clients (public, private and not-for-profit) across the healthcare ecosystem find the executive talent they need to achieve their business objectives.  

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, John spent nearly a decade in executive search and worked at Ernst & Young (now EY) where he consulted with healthcare organizations and gleaned a unique perspective for all aspects of the industry. He spent the first eight years of his career serving in the United States Army, where his service included commanding at the company level, serving two tours of duty in combat, and receipt of the Bronze Star medal. 

John earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his master’s in business administration from the University of Georgia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Charitable Care Network.

Jessica E. Deckinger

Founder & CEO
Mint Marketing

Jessica Deckinger is the founder and CEO of Mint Marketing, a global marketing operating firm, based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an Operating Partner at Clearhaven Partners Private Equity firm. Prior to founding Mint, Jessica spent several decades honing her commercial growth skills in leadership roles at leading B2C and B2B companies including Everbridge (EVBG), Humana (HUM), Wolverine Worldwide (WWW), PIM Brands (Welch’s Fruit Snacks) and Avon Products (AVP). Jessica was an executive leader for three startups with successful exits – MCX (Retail/Fintech consumer app), Adeo (Biotech/CPG Inspired Start Baby Food) and EDGE (HealthTech). In the earlier years of her career, she also held finance and operations roles at JPMorgan and the National Football League. In addition to her full-time roles, Jessica sits on the Board of Directors for software company SundaySky, and is an advisor to several startup companies.

Jessica holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on boards of several leading not-for-profit organizations including the Trustee’s Council of Penn Women and Tufts University Gordon School.

Jeff Ward

Guardian Fall

Jeff Ward is currently Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Fall who are the largest independent provider of height safety products and services.  Jeff also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the British Safety Industry Federation.   

Prior to that, Jeff was Chief Executive Officer of Centurion Safety Products which design and manufacture above-the-neck safety equipment.  Before Centurion Safety Products, Jeff was a senior general manager at Britax Child Safety, Storch-Ciret Group and Newell Brands.  

Jeff has spent 20 years in industrial & consumer durables and has worked and lived in the USA, UK and Germany.  He holds his MBA from Warwick Business School and his Bachelor’s in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Jason Osterhage

President + Chief Executive Officer
Everwise Credit Union

Jason is President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since March of 2022. Prior to coming to Everwise, Jason accumulated broad senior leadership experience in financial services at several large and progressive cooperative banking institutions.

He began his financial services career in 2005 at Delta Community Credit Union in Atlanta, overseeing a range of functions, including lending, corporate strategy, program management, human resources, and enterprise data analytics. In 2012, he joined Alliant Credit Union in Chicago as chief lending executive. During his nine years there, in addition to leading all lending functions, he oversaw banking product strategy, member experience, retirement/wealth services, and led the organization’s agile and digital transformation programs.

Jason serves on the board of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce and actively participates in the Indiana chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from Georgia State University and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also holds a Master of Science degree in operations research and management, and completed courses of post-graduate executive study at both Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Melanie, have two children.

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