ELEVATE Conference - The Social Enterprise
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/12/2020
When: Thursday March 12, 2020
Check in 7:45 - 8:00 am | Conference 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Networking 4:30 - 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: 3/12/2020
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The Social Enterprise - Turning a Profit While Helping People & Communities Thrive 

Chicago SHRM Members $199 | Non-Members $299

Special Pricing Offer $350
Non-Member Attendance plus a 1-Year Chicago SHRM Membership ($100 Savings)


Our culture is evolving, with people across the nation and across age groups more interested than ever in finding careers that do more than simply earn them a paycheck. They don’t want to survive, they want to thrive, and they want their communities (and the global community) to be made better by the work they are doing. Unfortunately, our corporate cultures have largely not kept pace.

A Social Enterprise isn’t just about pandering to the whim of every individual or adding more perks to your office environment. A Social Enterprise has just as much to do with turning a profit as ever. The difference is that it’s not only about profit. A Social Enterprise is focused on doing well by doing good, for all those involved. It’s about redefining the purpose of work to provide for our people and the longterm viability of our communities.

We’ve designed our next ELEVATE conference to help you make sense of this growing trend and to think through the practicalities of shifting your corporate focus and business strategy. We have a full line up of speakers eager to guide you on this journey, arming you with tangible skills and tools that you can put into practice right away. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to shift Chicago’s business community toward the greater good.


The Search for Humanity: What employers can do to drive human flourishing.

The world is at an inflection point. Human rights abuses, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of hate, chronic disparities based on race, age, sex, religion, and sexual orientation are occurring across the globe. Government has a role in addressing these challenges, but corporate responsibility must take on a new meaning if we have any hope to move society to be fairer, more just, and more human.

In this session, we will explore the following priorities that employers must consider in this era of transformation:

  • Prioritize sustainability. Offer products and services that are safe and developed responsibly.
  • Create workplaces that are diverse, equitable and inclusive where all employees are valued for who they are and can achieve their full potential.
  • Promote continuous development as a way of life for their employees.
  • Be clear and transparent about their values and operate accordingly both inside and outside of their walls - even if it means losing employees, customers, or investors.
  • Give voice to the voiceless. Employers can use their influence to affect broader social issues that are aligned with their vision. 

Jarik Conrad, EdD, BA, MILR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPT, is the Sr. Director of Human Capital Management Innovation at Ultimate Software where he helps organizations stay abreast of the latest workforce trends and innovative approaches to people management. He is a best-selling author and sought-after keynote speaker on emotional intelligence, diversity and inclusion and leadership. He has held significant human resources roles at Fortune 500 companies, including McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), Pillsbury (General Mills), Union Carbide (Dow), Citigroup, and CSX Technology, and for the City of Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Conrad earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, two master’s degrees from Cornell University, and a doctor of education degree from the University of North Florida. He is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), a certified intercultural sensitivity expert, and a certified emotional intelligence expert. He also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition and is a certified personal trainer (CPT).


Hot Topics: The NEW Corporate Social Responsibility

To be competitive in today’s business environment and prepared for what’s ahead tomorrow, the most effective leaders understand how to leverage their corporate citizenship to drive results.  In this session, you will learn more about the evolving landscape of Corporate Social Responsibility and the unique approaches to creating impact for diverse stakeholders.  

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Gain perspective on how your company might leverage Corporate Social Responsibility principles for impact

Corliss V. Garner is Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion at First Midwest Bank.  In this role, Corliss is responsible for designing and executing strategies in diversity, inclusion and corporate citizenship that drive the bank’s business and growth agenda. Prior to joining First Midwest Bank, Corliss held leadership positions at BMO Financial Group in several areas including operations, wealth management, commercial lending, community giving and diversity and inclusion.  She has served as a trusted advisor providing unique financial solutions to high net worth clients.   She also worked in commercial lending, delivering debt and treasury management services to small and medium sized businesses across all industries.  Corliss developed and led community giving strategies with a focus on diverse markets across BMO’s US footprint.  In her most recent experience, she led the strategy, operations and governance of 14 employee resource groups in the U.S. and Canada, driving diversity and inclusion, talent development and acquisition, and employee engagement strategies by supporting over 8,000 employees across the company.


Creating Shared Prosperity Through Business

Using the B Impact Assessment, companies can embed broader stakeholder interests into their operating models to meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. In this session, we will discuss how B Corps redefine success in business and share several case studies of companies that have successfully adopted these practices.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Find out what "redefining success in business" really means
  • Learn specific impact measurement techniques that have worked for other companies
  • Learn how B Corp certification can drive higher levels of employee engagement and a stronger sense of purpose for your organization

Tim Frick started his digital agency Mightybytes in early 1998 to help purpose-driven companies, social enterprises, and large nonprofits solve problems, amplify their impact, and drive measurable results. He is the author of four books, including Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services. Tim regularly presents at conferences and offers workshops on sustainable design, measuring impact, and problem solving in the digital economy.





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.