Talent & Organizational Effectiveness: What is Agile Leadership? How Do We Build Agile Capability?
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When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
8:00-8:30 AM Networking; 8:30-10:00 AM Event
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
1905 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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We live in a time of constant and disruptive change. As organizations adapt their business models and adopt new practices, Agile Leadership is essential for successfully navigating in a competitive and changing market place. Join the HRMAC Talent & Organization Effectiveness Interest Group for a panel discussion on this innovative trend to learn more about what Agile Leadership really means, and the individual and organizational capabilities needed to create an agile culture. Expert panelists will provide both academic and hands-on practitioner perspectives on this topic, while engaging participants in thought provoking dialog. We hope you can join us!




Gregg Bresnahan, Agile Coach & Strategist, Agile N2N

Gregg has worked in a variety of roles on software development teams throughout his career.  He brought an agile mindset to the table before the word “Agile” became known across the industry. In 2010 he participated in a full Agile transformation of a global company. The experience of both transforming and more importantly sustaining Agile in an organization guides him as he moves forward in his career. Today, Gregg is an Agile coach consultant working for AGILE N2N. His current assignment is working with Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) to provide training and coaching at both the team and organizational level.  He thoroughly enjoys sharing and nurturing the Agile mindset with others through Agile conferences, forums and communities of practice.

Gregg has an undergraduate degree in Geography from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and a master’s degree in Cartography from the University of Illinois – Chicago.


Christopher Geissler, Senior Director, PwC & Business

Chris has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant assisting clients in creation of solutions at the intersection of business, operations and technology. Chris is currently a Senior Director at PwC helping clients leverage data to build products in the healthcare-related industry. Chris has also worked as a Senior Director of Sales and Client Services at Silicon Valley Data Services, and as a Senior Manager at Deloitte in their Life Services practice. His clients have included companies such as Amgen, Baxter, Genentech and Zimmer.

Chris is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management preparing MBA candidates by developing their strategic thinking, critical analysis, data driven decision making, innovation and leadership capabilities. He has also recently contributed to the design and development of a course in Agile Leadership. Chris is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has a BA in Economics. 

  Rachael L. Narel, Ph.D., CISA, Consultant, Peters & Associates, Assistant Professor, Benedictine University

Rachael has spent over 18 years in the IT and software fields, having experience in virtually every functional area of an organization through both team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support.

Rachael is an Assistant Professor at Benedictine University where she teaches in the Master of Science of Management and Organization Behavior program and continues to pursue research in the areas of Organizational Agility and Thriving.  She also consults in practice at Peters & Associates where she partners with clients and prospects to understand business vision, goals, and challenges, and assists in uncovering business solutions and technology that will help immediately and in the future with a focus on user adoption and change management practices.

Rachael holds both a PhD in Organization Development and a Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology from Saint Xavier University. She also holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor credentials through ISACA.


The Talent & Organization Effectiveness Interest Group is sponsored by Lee Hecht Harrison


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This program is pending approval for 2.0 credit hours toward PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 2.0 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.