Young HR Leaders Interest Group: The Power of a Thoughtful Engagement Strategy
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 Export to Your Calendar 6/18/2020
When: Thursday, June 18, 2020
12:00 PM-1:30 PM Programming
Where: Virtual Meeting
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

Online registration is available until: 6/16/2020
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What are employees really asking from their organizations in exchange for loyalty?  As the war for talent continues to escalate, the pressure for companies to design an employee engagement strategy is greater than ever in order to retain and grow top talent.  This event will feature the emerging needs of today’s workforce in regards to recognition, learning & development, and employee connectivity while providing actionable insights that attendees can strategize within their own organizations.    



Name: Dennis Beausejour
O.C. Tanner
Managing Director

Bio: Denis is a graduate of William and Mary and earned his MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He has lived and worked internationally throughout Asia and the Americas and now resides in a suburb of Chicago where he works for O.C. Tanner—a global provider of workplace culture services. Leveraging O.C. Tanner’s CultureCloud™ suite of offerings, Denis consults with Fortune 1000 companies on how to create peak employee experiences throughout the career cycle that lead to high-performing work cultures.




 Name: Michael Johnson-Hales
Willis Towers Watson
Employee Insights Consultant

Bio: Michael has been a part of the Willis Towers Watson Employee Insights team for five years and has worked with a variety of clients across numerous industries. As a consultant, Michael’s primary focus is leading project teams to ensure that clients are maximizing business outcomes such as retention rates, profit margins and employee wellbeing by improving employee experience.

Michael is also a subject matter expert for the Willis Towers Watson Employee Engagement Software and is responsible for business development pursuits within the mid-market. 

Michael earned his M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University at Albany in New York.  



Name: Donna Lee
Brown Bag Seafood Company
Founder & CEO

Bio: Donna is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Bag Seafood Co. Donna has over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Having worked in front-of-house operations with the Boka Group in 2005, Donna advanced to restaurant management at Quince, a fine- dining establishment in Evanston. In 2007, Donna pivoted to the fast casual restaurant segment, a growing space in which she was highly interested. She served as a General Manager of a Noodles & Company unit in Skokie for three years, learning first-hand both the complexities and best practices of the fast casual industry. In 2010, Donna transitioned from in-store operations to restaurant media, becoming an Associate Publisher at DiningOut magazine in Chicago. She served in this role until 2014, when she left to manage Brown Bag full-time where she oversees in-store operations, including menu management, recipe creation, and crew training and development. She also manages new store design, layout, and equipment plans and oversees build-out. Donna is especially passionate about developing Brown Bag culture, fostering growth in all crew members and experimenting to optimize store design and operations, furthering versatility of the brand. Donna holds her B.A. in Sociology from University of Illinois at Chicago and is originally from Evanston, IL. 


Name: Lydia Manteufel
Learning and Development Practice Lead 
Sprout Social, Inc.

Bio: Lydia Manteufel is the Learning and Development Practice Lead at Sprout Social, Inc., focusing on how L&D can be leveraged as a business driver that supports Sprout Social in achieving its goals. She loves to help connect people throughout her network; we can achieve more together! Lydia has a Bachelor of Music from The New England Conservatory and a Master of Science in HR Management and Development from National Louis University. Outside of her HRMAC involvement, you can find Lydia at other L&D industry events. Her latest passion is Neuroscience applications in L&D. 


Thank you to our sponsor, School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!



This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hour towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credit (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

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