Full Day Conference | HRchitecture: The Blueprint for The Next Level HR
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When: Wednesday March 14, 2018
Conference 7:45 AM - 4:45 PM | Networking 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: The Conference Center - UBS Tower
1 North Wacker Drive
2nd Floor - Use the escalator located in the East/Franklin side of the lobby.
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

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HRchitecture: The Blueprint for The Next Level HR

Members $199 | Non-Members $299


EARN 6.0 SHRM PDCs & 6.0 (3.0 Business / 3.0 HR) HRCI CREDITS

People are the fundamental building blocks of any business, which makes HR the architects of business success. Join Chicago SHRM as we take a constructive look at human capital strategy, from blue sky planning to designing the workplace of your dreams. You’ll learn how to remodel your current strategy, enhance your workspace, and build employee morale. It will be a dynamic day filled with learning and takeaways that you can bring back and put to use as you build your own organization.


7:45 - 8:15am  Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:15 - 8:30am  Welcome, Announcements, & Stormz Introduction

8:30 - 9:35am  KEYNOTE: Blue Print Design: We Wouldn’t Remodel our Kitchens without a Blueprint; Why do we Keep Trying to Remodel our Cultures without One?

“Sure, go ahead and tear up my kitchen, yank the cabinets out, replace those counter-tops, and pry those awful tiles from my floor. Yes, I know you don’t have a plan. But I trust you…just do it.” Said nobody. Ever. The problem with workplace culture remodeling is that we think we have that one design that’s going to make all the difference; we think we know exactly what needs to be improved. Intuition, know how, and a fortitude for DIY can go a long way we're rearranging the living room. But when we mess with something as dynamic and intricate as the human workplace, that stuff is nothing more than a recipe for disaster. Organizations often embark on major remodeling efforts without blueprints. They don’t use data, they rely on misinformed assumptions, they spitball it. They chase improvements that amount to shiny objects; they fix things that don’t need fixing. Maybe it results in something that’s prettier. Maybe. But most often, that certain something has nothing to do with what’s going to drive the organization’s success. It’s like spending a pretty penny on a new kitchen only to find your basement foundation is about to crumble like a Roman colosseum.

In this engaging session, we’ll explore what a blueprint for your culture and your world-of-work should and shouldn’t include. We’ll consider tangible opportunities to thoughtfully draft your blueprint – based on data, analytics, and a deeper understanding of who you really are, how you really work today, and what’s going to drive your success tomorrow. Finally, we’ll give you some tools for ensuring your internal teams stick to the blueprint, while heightening visibility to it, assigning responsibility for it, and instilling accountability around it.

Participants will leave the session with the ability to:

  • Use data and analytics to build a culture strategy
  •  Implement the essential components of your people design
  • Link your blue print design to your business strategy
  • Develop your organizational strategy to instill accountability and ownership

Charlie Judy, Founder & CEO - WorkXO
Charlie Judy built a successful career as an HR executive over 25 years with some of the world’s most prominent professional services firms like Deloitte, Navigant, and Baker Tilly. He has traversed the global economy while working and living in New Orleans, St. Louis, New York, Brussels, Belgium, Hyderabad, India, and Chicago. He’s a regular speaker, prolific writer, and well known future-of-work pundit who has resolved to re-humanize the workplace while disrupting the traditional paradigms of management to which we’ve fallen prey. Charlie is the Founder and CEO of WorkXO, a Chicago-based workforce technology company. He’s a graduate of Tulane University, a CPA, an SPHR, and a SHRM-SCP.

9:35 - 9:50am  BREAK

9:50 - 10:55  PANEL EVENT: Your People Strategy: Finding and Maximizing the Right Talent

Once you have the blueprint it’s time to build the business. Hire the right people. Put them to work in the right roles. Strengthen your culture and seek diverse perspectives. How and who you recruit will determine the results you get and whether the company ultimately succeeds or fails. Our panel of recruiting experts will offer a wide range of perspectives and cutting edge strategies for laying a “people foundation” you can build your business on.

In this interactive panel, participants will learn:

  • How to recruit talent that embodies company values
  • Techniques for building a best-in-class people foundation for business growth
  • Recruitment and retention strategies to support business goals

(Moderator) Kristy Nittskoff, Founder & CEO - Talent-Savvy
Kristy has over 10 years of talent acquisition and development experience and is the Founder + CEO of Talent-Savvy. She consults with growing companies to help them achieve their recruitment and retention goals through implementing innovative talent attraction and employment branding strategies.  She coaches executives, corporate recruiters, and HR managers on the nuances of recruitment in order to set them on a path to crush their goals and scale efficiently. Prior to starting Talent-Savvy, Kristy served as the head of HR for a growing tech firm.  She holds an MBA in Leadership and Change Management, as well as an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification.  She loves connecting job-seekers with their ideal opportunities and helping companies fully realize their potential to retain top talent.

Betsey McCann, Ph.D. Head of People Operations - Valkyrie Trading
Dr. Betsy McCann has a vibrant laugh and loves doing serious work in empowering and uplifting ways. As Head of People Operations at Valkyrie Trading, she combines her passion for employee empowerment with her culture-building skills to promote Valkyrie's spirit of intellectual collaboration. Dr. McCann earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications from Texas A&M University with an emphasis on international agricultural development and organizational leadership. Her dissertation created an ethics-driven program planning and evaluation framework for working in resource-limited contexts and incorporated a case study of her work with the Center for Farmworker Families in Cuquio, Jalisco.

Matt Garvey, Director of Talent Acquisition - Relativity
Matt Garvey is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Relativity, who are t
he developers of the industry-leading eDiscovery and unstructed data platform that helps its more than 165,000 users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Matt has extensive experience in developing winning talent acquisition strategies and building a high performing recruitment and talent management process that incorporates new recruiting tools and performance analytics. In his current role, Matt leads efforts to elevate Relativity’s global employer brand, identify emerging talent acquisition trends and technologies, and recruit diverse, dynamic and creative professionals that are a solid match for Relativity’s strong, values-driven culture, primarily focusing on recruitment to Relativity’s Chicago headquarters. Matt is also a member of the Talent Advisory Board at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), where he helps position Chicago as a premier destination for technology industry talent.


Ronnie Stewart, Vice President, Talent Engagement & Inclusion - DigitasLBI
Ronnie leads DigitasLBi’s Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility practice across North America. In her day - to - day work she’s creating and executing against an inclusion framework for the agency’s business, talent and culture. She spent 11 years working in media across Chicago’s leading agencies including FCB Chicago, Starcom Mediavest Group and Burrell communications. Prior to transitioning to her current role, she was Vice President/Media Director on the Sprint business at Digitas She has a passion for people, and a commitment to mentorship education, growth, and development. Her most cherished roles are wife to Christopher, and #MamaBear to her son, Carter! When she isn’t working, wife - in g or mom - ing, she’s helping others navigate their careers the ad and tech industries as a certified Career Management and Executive Leadership Coach.


10:55 - 11:55am  LEGAL UPDATE: Legal Challenges and Real Opportunities for HR Leaders in the #MeToo Era


Bill and Sonya will provide an update on the current legal landscape, discuss anticipated developments, and share practical tips for smart strategies by HR Leaders to help ensure best policies and practices to prevent and effectively address sexual harassment issues in the workplace.


William J. Tarnow II, Partner - Neal Gerber Eisenberg

Bill Tarnow is chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Labor & Employment practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He represents and counsels companies and management in all facets of business and employment law and employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Bill has litigated a variety of disputes, ranging from trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants and breach of contract disputes, to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under various statutes such as Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA in venues around the country. Bill also has defended a number of employers in both single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage & hour, and overtime pay claims under both state and federal laws. 



Sonya Rosenberg, Partner - Neal Gerber Eisenberg

Sonya Rosenberg counsels companies and organizations on various employee-related legal issues that arise through the many stages of the employment relationship, from pre-hire to following separation. Sonya also represents employers in litigation, her experience including the successful defense of numerous administrative charges, lawsuits and appellate proceedings at the state and federal levels. Sonya is a frequent presenter and author of numerous articles on current employment law topics, including effective employment audit and risk management practices, sexual and other harassment and discrimination in the workplace, technology - such as the effects of social media and BYOD, restrictive covenants, medical leave and disability-related issues, BIPA (Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act), workplace violence, smart performance management, conducting workplace investigations and reductions in force and other notable developments in labor and employment law. 


11:55am - 12:30pm  NETWORKING LUNCH


12:30 - 12:40pm ENERGY EXERCISE Improveit 

12:40 - 1:45pm  EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE: Enticing People to Come to the Office through Choice, Amenities and Culture

In an age where technology rules our lives, organizations are in a paradox where they want to provide employees with the flexibility and tools to work from anywhere, yet they also want them to be in the office to collaborate with their colleagues and engrain themselves in their company culture. However, many companies recognize that their physical environment hasn’t kept pace with the changing nature of work and many employees find they can be more productive elsewhere.  So, how can an organization enhance the experience of coming to work in order to make it the preferred place of work for their people? The office itself is much more than just the physical space that one sits in. It includes everything from the technology provided, services and amenities offered, to the various space types that allow employees to be most effective. Therefore, a successful outcome requires HR, IT, and Corporate Real Estate professionals to all work together to develop and sustain a desired workplace environment.

Participants will leave the session with the ability to:

  • Enhance the office experience to create a preferred place to work
  • Implement best practices through technology, services, and amenities that bring the strongest ROI
  • Partner with key stakeholders to develop and maintain an unbeatable workplace environment
  • Engage and retain employees by creating positive spaces for collaboration

Damla Gerhart, Managing Director - CBRE
Damla Gerhart leads of CBRE’s Workplace practice in the Americas. Her role entails working closely with companies to align their real estate and workplace strategy to the organization’s overall objectives. This process is founded on researching how people work and what aspects of their work environment need to be improved upon in order to create a high performing workplace in the future. Through this process, she focuses on evaluating not only the physical space, but also key components such as the organization’s underlying culture and enabling technology. She focuses on developing and implementing innovative workplace solutions that align with organizational needs and enhance employee effectiveness. Attend this session to learn more about how other organizations have implemented new workplace strategies aimed at attracting and retaining talent, driving greater collaboration and productivity and improving business agility.

1:45 - 2:50pm  KEYNOTE: Behavioral Design: A Framework For Changing Minds and Behavior to Increase Engagement

Judgement doesn’t occur in a vacuum; it is carried out in a rich, complicated environment. Changing even small features of the environment can have a profound influence on how people think and act. This session explores the principles of behavioral design, the practice of changing judgment and behavior by altering the physical and mental landscape. Drawing on insights from the fields of psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology, this session will present a variety of tools you can use to change the actions of your employees, customers, and even yourself.

Participants will leave the session with the ability to:

  • Articulating the need for change
  • Evaluating cultural readiness for change
  • Resulting in increased employee engagement and morale

Loran Nordgren, Professor of Management and Organizations - Kellogg School of Management
Loran Nordgren is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. Loran’s research examines how contemporary environments (what he calls human ecology) affect human behavior. He uses theory-driven insights to create interventions and policy recommendations that improve decision-making and well-being. His research has published in leading journals such as Science and is regularly discussed in prominent forums such as the Harvard Business Review. In recognition of his work, Professor Nordgren has received the Theoretical Innovation Award in experimental psychology. A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Nordgren has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in the classroom and in 2012 was named Kellogg's Management and Organization's Teacher of the Year.  He is one of Poets & Quants’ 40 under 40 business school professors.

2:50 - 3:05pm  BREAK

3:05 - 4:10pm  KEYNOTE: The Dream Company: Influence Greatness and Build a Rock-Solid Culture

The Influence Greatness presentation is an unforgettable look at six key elements that unlock the secrets to developing great people, teams, and cultures. Leaders learn the importance of being an influencer and how six key elements, what we call Talent Magnets, applied effectively can create highly successful cultures. Then, with a keen understanding of three essential ways to convey appreciation, they are empowered to incorporate best practices that inspire employees to engage. And when people engage, companies grow.

In this session attendees discover:

  • The actual definition of employee engagement and how to achieve it
  • The six key influencers of great cultures
  • The importance of great leadership
  • The three naturally occurring opportunities to convey appreciation

Kevin Ames, Director of Speaking - O.C. Tanner
With a mission to instill in others a passion for personal and professional excellence, Kevin Ames is an author, a world-renowned speaker, Master Appreciatologist, and Director of the O.C. Tanner Institute. He has spoken to hundreds of companies, leadership groups, executive teams, and conferences worldwide.


4:10 - 4:30pm  WRAP UP AND ACTION PLAN


Continue the conversation and connect with conference speakers and attendees over appetizers and cocktails.









Event cancellations must be received 3 full business days in advance of the event to qualify for a refund.
If you have any question or need any further information, please contact us at chicagoshrm@gss.net or (312) 368-0188.