Full Day Conference | THINK FAST! Navigating a High Speed World
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/25/2018
When: Thursday October 25, 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

Online registration is available until: 10/25/2018
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Members $179 | Non-Members $279

(Rates as of 9/16 - Members $199 | Non-Members $299)


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.



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. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and 3 lively children.


How to navigate change within a fast-paced organization in a high speed world? 

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 integrate mindfulness, 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.   

  • 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


Making Shift Happen: Navigating and Prioritizing in a Complex, High Speed World While Slowing Down and Making Space


In this lively kick-off session, 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.

  • 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, Principal - Meyer Creativity Associates



Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics

Armen Berjikly, Senior Director of Strategy - Ultimate Software


Christine Bedalow, Talent Conscious


Harnessing the Power of Workplace Conflict: Strategies for Interacting Productively

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. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, as many workshops, seminars and books do, this session acquaints participants with how to leverage the power of conflict and make conflict interactions
more productive.

Participants are introduced to the four behavioral styles found in the workplace (a la Everything DiSC) and how each style acts and reacts in conflict situations. They are encouraged to consider that not all conflicts need resolution; rather, if one learns some basic strategies for each style 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 DiSC style, understand that style’s preferences or priorities during a conflict situation, and learn the implications of that for workplace interaction;
  • How to understand each of the 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, Expert in Building Organizational Trust and Effective Workplace Relationships

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.


Applying Design Thinking to Time and “Chronoception

John Coyle , CEO and Founder - Speaking Design Thinking


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




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