Full Day Conference | THINK FAST! Navigating a High Speed World
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When: Thursday October 25, 2018
Check in 7:30 - 8:00 am | Conference 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Networking 4:30 - 6:00 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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Members $199 | Non-Members $299
Special Pricing Offer $350:
Non-Member Attendance plus a 1-Year Chicago SHRM Membership ($100 Savings)



The world comes at us quickly, with new challenges, new technologies, and new people with whom we’ll need to work and collaborate. How do we keep up with this onslaught without going crazy? How do we adapt when needs change daily? How do we know what to invest in and what to ignore? Join us as we learn to think fast, to slow down, and to make decisions in today’s ever-changing business climate.

Learn from experts and thought leaders in all aspects of agility, adaptability, and process improvement. Hear from your peers about productive conflict, predictive analytics, and personal mindfulness. Come prepared to build a toolkit that will help you (and your business) make the most of every new opportunity in this high speed world.

Registration & Networking
7:30 - 8:00am

Welcoming Announcements
8:00 - 8:10am

Opening Remarks
8:10 - 8:15am 

Kathy Goss, Head of Inclusion Recruiting - LinkedIn

Kathy Goss is helping drive the LinkedIn's vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Kathy joined LinkedIn to build the program and team from the ground up, embedding inclusion throughout the entire recruiting process working in close collaboration with the TA teams and business leaders. Recently, Kathy was honored to have join the Board of Directors for Chicago SHRM Chapter serving as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Kathy spent over 10 years on Accenture’s diversity team building large-scale diversity initiatives focused on the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse employees, as well as building a broad culture of inclusion. She excels at collaborating with stakeholders to design and implement innovative, practical and impactful solutions to complex diversity challenges. Kathy graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Learning & Organizational Change, a foundation that serves her well in the diversity work that she does today.

Leading Through Disruption: From Anxiety to Mindfulness
8:15 - 9:15am 

What does the “human” in Human Resources really mean? Building a sense of common purpose and shared vulnerability sound naturally human, right? Yet it is often daunting to create them in the midst of pressures and stresses of change.  How can we help ourselves and our organizations build resilient systems that move beyond states of breakdown to breakthrough? No matter the industry or sector, organizations face challenges of constant transformation, disruption from all angles, and different expectations from four different generations in the workforce, to name a few. Even though our organizations have learned how to work leaner, cut costs and use digital technologies to survive, we still crave clarity about the role of leadership and the potential workplace experiences we can offer, so our people thrive in the complex environment of constant change.  As HR leaders, how do we role-model, influence and build processes that demonstrate values, integrates mindfullness, enable high-performing teams, and instill a growth mindset in the company’s culture? Join Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer at Relativity, to discuss why building workplace community matters more than ever and how we can strengthen our capability to do so in a sustainable way.   

Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

  • Why self-care isn’t selfish, and mindfulness is contagious.
  • Why safety, shared vulnerability, and common purpose are fundamental to high-performing teams.
  • How to tap neuroscience to promote growth mindset.

Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer - Relativity

Dorie is the Chief People Officer at Relativity, fostering a culture of engagement and high performance in a workplace community that is growing rapidly.  Dorie has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University in the Learning & Organizational Change undergraduate and graduate programs for over 20 years.

Making Shift Happen: Navigating and Prioritizing in a Complex, High Speed World While Slowing Down and Making Space
9:15 - 10:15am

Pamela Meyer, author of The Agility Shift, returns to Chicago SHRM to share the lessons she has learned from 20+ years working with and researching fast-paced, global organizations, as well as coaching their leaders and teams to get results in both stable and volatile conditions. Meyer will share her latest research and best practices to help you be even more effective in the midst of change and uncertainty.


Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

  • Understand the mindset shift necessary to succeed in rapidly changing, complex situations
  • Learn specific practices to be more effective, responsive (and sane!)
  • Discover lessons for prioritizing action and sustaining success when everything (and everyone) is demanding your attention

Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., Principal - Meyer Creativity Associates


Pamela is a leading Agile Innovation Catalyst for business leaders who recognize they urgently need to shift their way of thinking and doing business to sustain their relevance and competitiveness in a rapidly changing market. Through her in-depth research and expertise in understanding how adults learn to innovate and improvise, along with two decades of working with Fortune 500 to Fortune 50 companies Meyer helps business leaders implement best practices to drive results. Pamela Meyer recognizes that agility is a non-negotiable competence of our time.With proven strategies, she shows organizations how to make the agility shift to respond to and seize new opportunities presented by the unexpected and unplanned.



Identity in a Polycultural World: What Does It Mean for HR?
10:30 - 11:30am


The world around us is changing – it’s more dynamic, more diverse, and more connected than ever before. People are at the core of this change, and Insights Manager Kim Mauller will talk about how MillerCoors has advanced from the singular focus of demographics to better understanding all the dimensions that makes us human, so connections can be more personal. These insights can drive people strategies and can directly impact learning and development, culture, engagement, and humanize the business for ROI growth.  Hear stories on how MillerCoors has brought this research to life for their employees and how it can drive the work of HR and diversity and inclusion professionals.


Key Takeaways/Objectives:

  • The world around us is rapidly changing, bringing new opportunities and threats faster than ever so we need to change the way we work to stay relevant
  • The HX team was created to establish new ways of thinking and working and we'll share how we've brought new learnings to life for the organization in creative ways
  • Humans are complex and understanding them one dimensionally isn't enough, we need to understand and acknowledge the total sum of who people are

Kim Mauller, Marketing Insights Manager of Human Experience - MillerCoors


Kim Mauller is an Insights Manager for the Human Experience (HX) team at MillerCoors.  Kim believes big business has the opportunity to be more human so she studies human needs, explores culture, and investigates the world of commerce to unlock new opportunities and humanize the business for growth. Prior to joining MillerCoors in 2017, Kim spent almost 9 years at Nielsen consulting across a wide range of clients, most recently as a Client Director for the MillerCoors business. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.



Legal Update - Issues Impacting HR Leaders
11:30am - 12:00pm

Bill and Jason will provide an update on the current legal landscape, discuss anticipated developments, and share practical tips for smart strategies by HR Leaders on trending legal issues.

William Tarnow, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg

Bill is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a litigator who manages employment-related disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, and he also serves as a strategic partner to companies and executives concerning the broad spectrum of critical business and employment matters that impact their operations. Bill’s litigation practice encompasses the full spectrum of employment matters. He litigates and advises clients daily on noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract matters. He also has deep experience counseling on, investigating, and litigating all manner of complaints and claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation regulated by federal and state counterpart statutes such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Bill also advises clients on compensation issues, and defends class action cases across the country involving wage & hour and overtime pay claims regulated by state and federal laws.

Jason Kim, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg

Jason is a litigator and strategic counselor in all aspects of labor and employment law. He litigates unfair labor practices before the NLRB, arbitrates labor grievances, negotiates and administers collective bargaining agreements, and develops long-term labor strategies to maximize the value and effectiveness of each client’s workforce. He also litigates and provides daily counsel on matters arising out of the numerous federal and state counterpart statutes governing employers, including FLSA, Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has extensive experience defending collective and class action wage and hour disputes and conducting wage and hour audits to proactively identify and minimize potential sources of liability.

AI for HR: The Hype, Reality, and the Hope
12:30 - 1:30pm

Advanced technologies for HR, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI), carry enormous expectations. In this session, we walk through what AI could and should offer HR, along with what it already effectively does today. Along the way, we explore some of the key innovations that make new opportunities possible, and demonstrate a real-world implementation through the lens of Ultimate Software's Xander, a People-First approach to AI.

Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

    • Define AI for HR and share a vision for what it already does, and what it can and should do
    • Explain core technologies that enable AI for HR to aid the organization in meeting its strategic goals.
    • Discuss a real-world implementation through Ultimate Software's Xander

    Armen Berjikly, Senior Director of Strategy - Ultimate Software

    Armen Berjikly serves as Ultimate Software’s Senior Director of Strategy, where his expertise in human-computer interaction drives Ultimate’s artificial intelligence platform and direction. Prior to Ultimate, Armen served as founder and CEO of Kanjoya Inc., a workforce intelligence company that pioneered critical advancements in natural language processing (NLP) technology dedicated to understanding human emotion (Kanjoya was acquired by Ultimate Software in 2016). Armen obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in engineering from Stanford University.

    1:30 - 1:45pm

    Stress is all around us and our bodies are in a constant fight or flight response.  We have learned to live with stress and it is causing a negative impact on our body, mind and emotional response leading to chronic conditions, increased healthcare costs and lost time at work.  Today, we will explore Mindfulness techniques to remain calm during high stress situations and promote a more positive way of being.  I will teach you a simple yet very powerful Mindfulness Meditation to help balance out that stress, reduce anxiety and depression, improve creativity and productivity while increasing peace and calm.

    Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

    • Learn about the impact of stress on body and in our work.
    • Learn what Mindfulness is, why it is important and it's benefits to balance
    • Learn simple Mindfulness practice.

    Christine Bedalow, Founder & CEO - Talent Conscious

    Motivated Human Resources Executive with a strong business acumen, leadership, and great communication skills. As an HR leader, I bring a broad range of knowledge in Talent Management,Talent Acquisition, Immigration, Global Mobility, Compensation, HR policy and Expatriate Program Management. My Talent Acquisition and Talent Management knowledge are built on a strong recruiting foundation including 15+ years of full life cycle recruiting and retention in the Corporate world and prior Executive Search. I am a creative and innovative problem solver who can handle both the financial and human resource side of any challenge.

    Harnessing the Power of Workplace Conflict: Strategies for Interacting Productively
    1:45 - 2:45pm

    Workplace conflict is inevitable. It’s also nerve-wracking, intense, and stressful. The good news: conflict can be powerfully productive when we know the right strategies for interacting during trying times. This session explores how to leverage the power of conflict and make conflict interactions
    more productive.

    Participants will learn how different styles of behavior acts and reacts to conflict in the workplace, using the four behavioral styles of DiSC as a basis. They will consider that not all conflicts need resolution; rather, if one learns basic strategies in managing disagreements, conflict can be positive and productive. The end result: disagreements and conflicts lead to powerful results, including “better” solutions, more innovative approaches, and more trusting bonds between colleagues.

    Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

    • How to guesstimate a team member’s style, understand that style’s preferences or priorities during a conflict situation, and learn the implications of that for workplace interaction;
    • How to understand behavioral styles in conflict, specifically with regard to the goals of each style in conflict, the fears of each style (in general), and what each style tends to overuse (behaviorally speaking) in a conflict situation; and
    • How to have productive conflict with each of the four styles, providing four specific strategies for each that participants can begin applying right away.

    Chariti Gent, Founder & President - Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting

    Chariti Gent is Founder and President of Chariti Gent Coaching and Consulting, a firm dedicated to creating a more compassionate and empathic workplace and world. Over the last two decades, Chariti has worked with hundreds of clients within government, academia, non-profits, and the private sector to enhance trust, communication, and relationships within and among teams. Known for her dynamic and effervescent personality, Chariti brings high energy and valuable insights to every context in which she works. Prior to launching her coaching and consulting business, Chariti was an internal corporate coach and trainer for a large, international franchise system, as well as a policy analyst at both the state and federal government levels. Her background includes PhD studies and an MA in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in addition to BA degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a professional certified coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and received her professional coach training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Chariti is an Everything DiSC Certified/Authorized Partner, a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Accredited Facilitator, and a PXT Select (Hiring and Selection) Expert. She leads and directs the UW-Madison’s Professional Life Coaching Certification Program (PLCC). Chariti resides in Madison with her husband, school age daughter, and several fourlegged friends.

    2.0 - Applying Design Thinking to Productivity and "Chronoception"
    3:00 - 4:00pm

    We know about the time value of money, but do we truly understand the investment value of our time on productivity? In this unique mind-bending talk, John shares breakthrough ideas on how re-framing your relationship with productivity can lead to greater levels of engagement and fulfillment. As an HR leader within an organization, it also can lead to enhanced project management, stronger support of colleagues, and more effective problem-solving. He demonstrates that our brains process time in a non-linear manner, and hence, the value of an increment of time is unrelated to its duration. Using both story-telling and data from the latest neuroscience findings, John explores how to slow, stop and reverse the perceived acceleration of time, and create meaningful time-expanding moments in life and enhanced quality and productivity in work.

    Three Key Takeaways/Objectives

    Understanding that the value of time spent being productive is not related to its duration supports:

    • Employee engagement - productivity and  accomplishments are measured by moments and outcomes not hours and tasks, and the impact on relationships and HR excellence when demonstrating the skills.
    • Coaching - focusing on providing meaningful feedback as an HR leader in work conversations in the right moments, and proactively designing experiences creates greater engagement and satisfaction
    • Employee retention - health, welfare, work-life balance are enhanced with a better understanding of how humans experience the time they spend being productive.

    John Coyle , CEO and Founder - Speaking Design Thinking

    John K. Coyle, #TheTimeGuy, is a world leading expert in innovation and Design Thinking, and author of Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (2018) and The Art of Really Living Manifesto (2016). A graduate of Stanford University’s Product Design Program, John is an NBC sports analyst, two-time TEDx presenter, author, and sought-after keynote speaker. He also happens to have an Olympic silver medal for speedskating. John is a thought leader in the field of chronoception—the study of how humans process time. He teaches innovation courses at Marquette University and at CEDIM University Graduate School in Mexico. His mission is to innovate the human experience.

    Sponsored by: Ultimate Software & HUB International
    4:30 - 6:00pm

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




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