HR Team UP | What Established HR Teams Can Learn from Startups
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When: Thursday August 29, 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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Change Is Constant and Welcome: What Established HR Teams Can Learn from Startups
Free for Chicago SHRM Members | $40 Non-Members



Once a company reaches maturity it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  The organization is stable, rules have been established and processes are in place – some good, some… not so much.  Great HR departments know how to push the envelope, stay nimble and try new things.  But where does the inspiration for these new “things” come from?  This HR team up will focus on early stage startups that are breaking the mold in the areas of compensation, recruiting, performance management and employee engagement to inspire established company HR team members. 

Participants will hear from early stage HR leaders who are changing the game with limited time and budget.  The speakers will share their stories then dive deep in a small group setting to help attendees learn how they can apply what they have learned to 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 an established company ready to try something different or are an HR leader at a growth stage business that wants to learn from peers this event is for you.



  • The most common and most important HR challenges that growth stage HR leaders face
  • New best practices coming out of the HR teams at these high growth businesses
  • The best way to test out and implement these best practices in an established organizations


Recruiting at the Speed of a Startup


Anthony Altieri, Corporate Technical Recruiter - Kenna Security
Prior to Kenna, Anthony was at Shipbob where he was the first recruiter, building and defining the hiring process for the company. Anthony spent the last 4 years helping companies tweak and tailor their hiring process for efficiency and enhanced candidate experience. 




Making Company Values Effective – How Startups Make Culture Sticky


Heather Baker, VP of People - Fast Radius
Heather has over 20 years in talent acquisition and human capital management for emerging technology companies – she has seen it all, from start-ups to growth stage. Heather is currently the VP of People at Fast Radius which is a leading provider of additive manufacturing.  Fast Radius is creating the future of manufacturing through our people and products. 




Next-Gen Stars - Developing and growing entry-level talent to be the future leaders of your organization

Shannon Ward, Vice President of People - Hireology
In her role, Shannon is focused on driving how Hireology attracts, hires, develops and retains the best team.  Prior to Hireology, Shannon was the Director of HR for Vista Equity Partners, a private-equity firm that focuses on investments in the software technology sector.  In that role, Shannon worked on building and managing HR for the firm, as well as consulting with portfolio company HR leaders on their people strategy execution and management.  



How to maintain an authentic, humanistic, genuine approach to HR during hyper-growth phase


Sarah Argue, Senior HR Manager - Closerlook

Since Sarah’s start in HR she’s been heavily involved and most intrigued by the start-up world. She is extremely passionate about taking care of people and motivated in finding ways to maintain, build and improve company culture and engagement through times of hyper-growth and change. Prior to her start at closerlook, she helped scale RXBAR from 45 to 240 employees in a matter of a year and a half, which she says was one hell-of-a-fun-ride. Since then, she’s taken her learnings and successes to help transform the culture and bring new ways of thinking to closerlook, a small ad-agency in downtown Chicago.