HR Team UP | Scaling Successfully - What Great HR Leaders Get Right
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When: Wednesday May 15, 2019
3:15 - 3:30 pm - Registration --3:30 to 5:00 pm - Program --5:00 to 6:30 pm - Networking
Where: Laner Muchin, Ltd.
515 North State Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

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Scaling Successfully – What Great HR Leaders Get Right
Free for Chicago SHRM Members | $40 Non-Members



High growth and rapid change can be great for a business.  Both also present tremendous challenges for HR leaders who are charged with ensuring growth and change happens without damaging the culture.  From talent acquisition to compensation strategy to employee engagement, the classic adage is true – what got you here won’t get you there.  This Team Up will feature four senior HR leaders that have traveled the road of rapid growth and lived to tell the tale.  Their companies didn’t just survive, they thrived.  The speakers will share their stories around scaling a specific area of HR and then dive deep in a small group setting to help attendees learn how they can apply best practices in their own organization.  As with all HR Team Ups, there will be plenty of time for attendees to share their own best practices, problem-solve in a one on one setting with thought leaders, network and get to know each other.  If you are an HR leader at a growing company, part of a business going through change or simply looking to understand how to bring a more entrepreneurial mindset to your business, this event is for you.



  • The challenges HR teams face as companies change and grow and what HR leaders should focus on during these periods
  • Understanding how the most successful HR leaders think about ROI when investing in tools and programs for scale and growth
  • How to anticipate challenges that come with growth and change and how to prepare for those challenges in advance


Speakers and Topics:


Scaling culture and giving back – The story of Relativity Gives


Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer - Relativity 

Dorie Blesoff is the Chief People Officer at Relativity whose market-leading platform helps legal professionals around the world organize complex data, discover the truth, and act on it. Based in Chicago with an increasingly global presence, Relativity has seen rapid growth during Dorie’s tenure and continues to exhibit a dynamic and sustainable culture while producing excellent business results. Relativity has been laser-focused on cultivating an inclusive workplace community where people of all backgrounds and experiences enjoy working and growing together. The company is executing a coherent D&I strategy that touches early talent pipeline creation, attraction, engagement, career development and growth. Committed to the principles of a growth mindset, Dorie has been serving as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy in the Learning & Organizational Change degree programs for over 20 years.


Employee engagement – Growing the business and keeping it personal


Elles Skony, VP of Talent Management - Centro

Elles Skony is the Vice President of Talent Management at Centro. Centro is a company committed to developing software and services that support the increasingly complex digital media landscape and improve the lives of people working in digital advertising.  Elles has spent the past seven and a half years supporting Centrons in becoming the vest versions of themselves and has a passion for ensuring the employee experience is a great one at each stage.  She will be discussing how using the employee lifecycle as a framework to scale talent programs and processes can help to guide decisions for your HR team.  Elles lives in Arlington Heights with her husband, Quinn, and their children, Emma and Sullivan.


Scaling talent acquisition from founding team to IPO


Lindsay Verstegen, CHRO - ShopRunner

For almost a decade, Lindsay has been helping people in the tech spaces - from early days at Groupon (through IPO) and then later days with Braintree and Venmo (eventually acquired by PayPal) and now at ShopRunner. At ShopRunner, she leads the people team with special care towards creating the very best place to work in everywhere employees are. She and her team have spearheaded various initiatives developed to create a place where diversity can thrive. She’s originally from Wisconsin, having moved to Chicago 15 years ago to pursue artistic endeavors including theatre and photography. She ended up in the people profession, recognizing it as the place for the telling and sharing of important stories and a place for powerful connection.


Integrating new teams, processes and products at scale

Arbela Takhsh, Chief Operating Officer - Ascent Technologies, Inc.
Arbela has had a diverse career path in the technology industry gaining significant product and operational expertise in larger enterprises and successfully transitioning her skills to scale technology operations in high growth companies. Arbela built a 100+ employee organization at Gogo introducing major new operational capabilities to the business during its highest growth period. Arbela has now joined Ascent Technologies, a Reg Tech startup in Chicago, scaling its global product offerings and operations. In addition to leading operations and launching products, Arbela continues to maintain a strong focus on building highly engaged teams as a key driver of sustainable growth. Arbela is excited to share her insights on how to build and integrate new capabilities and teams in high growth settings successfully.