West Suburban Area IG: Workplaces that Work: When/How flexible work environments make sense
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*FREE to HRMAC Members*

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking, 8:30 - 10:00 AM Program
Where: Advanced Resources
3010 HIghland Parkway
Downers Grove, Illinois  60515
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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The HRMAC West/Southwest Interest Group offers a series of sessions designed to explore the requirements of modern employers to engage in new and dynamic arrangements to attract and retain the types of talent needed in the current economy.  The approach we are taking is that this type of flexibility is fundamentally changing the assumptions leaders have about what works.

This session will be presented in an active, thought-provoking  and practical approaches to offering flexibility in schedules, relationships and leadership in order to attract, retain and motivate all types of workers (and sell it to leadership who grew up differently).  Come prepared to work, to be inspired and to share with your colleagues, in this format where you will have a chance to both listen to expert opinions in short-talk type presentations and to work in groups on practical applications.  (What until you see what we have for February and May in this series!) 

Speakers represent Leaders of Labor and Employment Law Practice, former Global Leader of Talent Analytics, VPHR in manufacturing, Practice Leader in Global Benefits.

Chris Broderick, Founder & President at B. near Global, Inc.

Chris is a change agent, consultant & Trust expert empowering companies to instill truth, trust & optimism in the workplace, while helping companies harness the power of data to drive business performance and better decision making. With two decades Fortune 100 experience, Chris knows her way around people and business. As an early adopter of NLP and machine learning techniques, she pioneered realtime insight to workplace issues. She equips companies and enables employees to do their best work now. Chris is known for leading highly innovative work in the HR Analytics space. She established IBM’s market leadership in HR practices related to employee engagement and social analytics. She defined, designed and implemented the inaugural employee engagement measurement system for IBM's 400,000 person employee population. Under her leadership, the team further harnessed employee social sentiment to create a real-time predictive employee engagement model. Outside work, Chris is a devoted wife to husband Scott, and doting mom to two teenage boys. She has a passion for vulnerable populations, and advocates for medical, dental and behavioral health for the underserved. She also works to raise awareness around human trafficking.

 Marlo Gaal, HR Director, North America at Groupon

Marlo leads Human Resources for Groupon’s North American line of business, bringing nearly 25 years of progressive experience with a focus on talent/culture assessment, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition/recruitment, talent management, succession planning, transformational change, employment law, employee relations, rewards and recognition, compensation, policy re-engineering, and M&A. She is currently also the interim Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the company.  Prior to joining Groupon, she held senior HR leadership roles at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, OfficeMax, and MB Financial Bank. Marlo received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ IMPACT! fellowship series, designed to create a pipeline of leaders within public, private, and non-profit organizations and their boards.  Marlo serves on the board of The People's Music School and volunteers with her family for a variety of organizations committed to improving the lives of people, animals, and the environment.  

 Kenneth Jenero, Partner at Holland & Knight

Kenneth is a partner in Holland & Knight's Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice Group. He serves as the leader of the Practice Group's national Healthcare & Life Sciences Team and co-leader of the group in the firm's Chicago Office. Mr. Jenero is an experienced trial lawyer and business advisor, who has devoted his entire professional career to litigation and client counseling in all areas of labor and employment law, including:

-union avoidance, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, labor arbitration and union management relations

-employment discrimination, civil rights and affirmative action

-wrongful discharge, retaliation and common law employment torts

-trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other post-employment restrictive covenants

-wage and hour law

-occupational safety and health

-business immigration

 Sean Taylor, Director of Human Resources at Ulta Beauty

Sean is an accomplished Human Resources professional with experience in both core HR and Talent Acquisition.  At Ulta Beauty, Sean is responsible for leading HR for the Finance, Accounting, Real Estate, Strategy and Loss Prevention functions.  Prior to this role, Sean lead the talent acquisition function (corporate and field) for Ulta Beauty.  Under Sean's leadership, the Talent Acquisition team managed the hiring process for thousands of positions nationwide, while also overseeing all strategy, talent programs, branding and operational efforts in relation to Talent Acquisition throughout the business. Sean specializes in developing leaders and associates to become high performing and engaged teams within the business.

Sean has served in various HR and Talent Acquisition roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Ulta Beauty, Sean managed the Talent Acquisition teams at US Cellular Corporation.  Sean's HR leadership has included contributions to previous committees within HRMAC, and currently Sean is a corporate representative for the Skills for Chicagoland partnership with Ulta Beauty.  Sean holds a BA in Business from Bowling Green State University.  Sean resides in the western Chicago suburbs with his wife and three children.  

Brendan Nicholls, Vice President of Employee Benefits at HUB International and President of the HRA of Greater Oak Brook

At HUB, Brendan consults with employers to optimize their healthcare strategy to increase employee engagement, mitigate future cost increases, and promote a healthier, more productive workforce.  Brendan also leads the HRA, a local SHRM chapter, where his mission is to give back to the HR community and make a positive difference for SHRM and its members.  

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

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