Young HR Leaders IG: The Role of HR in Creating and Maintaining an Inclusive Workplace Culture
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Young HR Leaders Interest Group: The Role of HR in Creating and Maintaining an Authentic Inclusive Workplace Culture

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
4:00 PM-4:15 PM Registration and Networking, 4:15 PM-5:45 PM Program, 5:45 PM-6:00 PM Networking
Where: Trustwave
70 W Madison St.
Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois  60602
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Does your organization have a workplace culture strategy that is the right fit for the organization? How is that strategy monitored and measured? As the workforce becomes more diverse, organizations are challenged to not just create but also maintain an inclusive workplace culture & the strategy behind it. Organizations must consider the role of unconscious bias, the multi-generational workforce, influencing and obtaining buy-in from senior leaders, just to name a few!

 Join us to learn about HR's role in workplace culture strategy, how we as young HR professionals can add value, and how workplace culture ultimately impacts the organization's bottom line.

Moderator Information


Name: Allegra Simone
Organization: Willis Towers Watson
Title: Lead Associate

Bio: Allegra Simone is a lead associate in the retirement line of business at Willis Towers Watson. She also co-chairs the HRMAC Young HR Leaders interest group committee and is excited to be moderating the panel discussion for our event! 


 Speaker Information


Name: Josh Levine
Organization: Great Monday's
Title: Author & Partner

Bio: Josh Levine is a best-selling author, brand strategist, and a highly sought-after speaker on a mission to help organizations design a culture advantage. For more than 15 years, Levine has helped build culture-driven brands for a wide range of organizations—including Silicon Valley heavy hitters, prominent nonprofits, and well-respected blue-chip corporations. He is best known as the co-founder of the nonprofit CULTURE LABx, and as an executive director helped it flourish into an international community. His new book, Great Mondays, which was recently listed on BookAuthority’s list of the best culture books of all time, teaches organizations how to design a company culture employees love.


Name: Amanda Paris
Organization: Deloitte
Title: Manager, Global Employer Services

Bio: Amanda Paris works for Deloitte’s Global Employer Services practice, supporting multinational organizations with mobilizing global talent strategies. Amanda co-leads Chicago’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) under the Inclusion Council. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and improving the productivity and collaboration of teams through Business Chemistry. 


   Name: Jessica Schaeffer
Organization: LaSalle Network
Title: Senior Director

Jessica Schaeffer is the Senior Director at LaSalle Network, overseeing the company's marketing and communications efforts, as well as LaSalle Network's culture consulting practice, Culture 20/20. Jessica has been with LaSalle for more than eight years and has spearheaded many of the company's employee engagement initiatives, from developing its Corporate Social Responsibility program to analyzing employee survey feedback. LaSalle's Culture 20/20 team works with a variety of organizations in the Chicagoland area to develop and improve their company cultures in order to improve productivity and employee engagement. Jessica holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University. Jessica sits on the Board for the Chicago Society of Human Resource Management and has lent her expertise on company culture to a variety of publications, including Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), CNBC, Fast Company, WGN Radio, Forbes, among others. 


Name: Robyn Wheeler
Organization: Willis Towers Watson
Title: Inclusion & Diversity Leader, Chicago Market & Senior Director, Client Manager

Bio: Robyn L Wheeler is a Senior Director and Chicago Market Inclusion Leader for Willis Towers Watson.  In this role she serves as a trusted advisor while managing the relationship between Willis Towers Watson and our large market clients. Robyn collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams comprised of subject matter experts, specialists, consultants, and industry experts to ensure the development of relevant solutions and client satisfaction.   In her Inclusion role Robyn operates as a strategic advisor while leading through WTW’s own I&D journey in one of our largest global markets.

Robyn has her Master’s in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and her BA with a double major in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.  She is currently the Vice-Chair of the board of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), which she has been a board member of since 2015. Robyn is both a Career Coach and Writing Coach for the Posse Foundation, an organization that carefully selects and trains diverse groups of talented students as they complete their university education and enter the workforce.  She previously served on the University of Wisconsin’s board for the Center of International Business & Education Research.  



This program is pending approval for 1 credit hour towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1 professional development credit (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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