Virtual ELEVATE - The Social Enterprise
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When: Thursday March 12, 2020
Where: United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

Online registration is available until: 3/21/2021
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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)

Earn 6 SHRM PDC's and 6 HRCI Business Credit Hours

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.




Transforming Our Workplaces: A Strategic Approach to Business with a Human Focus

In our ever-evolving world, employees are trying to find meaning and purpose in their work.  Not finding purpose and meaning in work may lead to employee apathy, disengagement, and attrition. To attract and retain top talent organizations are turning to a business strategy with a human focus – the social enterprise.  The social enterprise looks beyond profits to doing good things for employees, customers and society.    

In this interactive workshop led by two top HR executives, the key takeaways will be:  

  • Discuss how the social enterprise drives the future of the workforce by reimagining/reinventing work
  • Outline a strategy to create an organization with a human focus in order to drive employee engagement and organizational productivity
  • Discuss how to connect personal values to an organization in order to drive personal fulfillment and purpose

Nicole Skaluba, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is the Vice President, Employee Services for Rise Interactive, a digital marketing agency. Her responsibilities include all facets of human resources as well as office and facilities, internal communication, and philanthropy. Her previous experience includes work in a variety of human resource roles and industries including e-commerce, technology, manufacturing, insurance and education. Nicole is an active volunteer with Chicago SHRM and the SHRM National Conference. She has taught the SHRM Certification courses at Northwestern University and holds the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications as well as Bachelor degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from National-Louis University.  Nicole was recently named to Crain’s list of Notable Leaders in HR.


Jeanette Johnson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR is the VP People for Insureon, a SaaS insurance platform and digital insurance agency. Her Human Resources career spans 15+ years in various industries including technology and professional services. She is an accomplished driver of strategy and subject matter expert on all things related to people, culture, performance and talent development. She has a long list of professional accomplishments within start-up and growth mode companies, including everything from talent acquisition and employer branding initiatives to total rewards, organizational development and performance management programs. She has been a volunteer leader with Chicago SHRM for many years and currently serves as the chapter’s Vice President.


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
  • Develop insight on building a Corporate Social Responsibility program that is right for your company 

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.


Legal Update - Issues Impacting HR Leaders

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.


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.



The Urgency of Purpose-Driven Leadership
In today's competitive marketplace, leadership development can be a key differentiating business strategy. Across sectors and industries, our employees are yearning for leaders who have both the competence and character to create purpose-driven workplaces: environments where our teams are aligned to a vision for impact, and where we champion a people-first culture. We all have the opportunity to develop this type of leader…and to be one ourselves.

In this session, the key takeaways are how to:

  • Generate trust through vulnerability
  • Drive performance with purpose
  • Create fulfillment through community

Rich Johnson is a leadership and organizational coach who helps executives, entrepreneurs and social sector leaders achieve greater personal and professional impact. With two decades of experience starting, leading and advising entrepreneurial organizations, Rich focuses on cultivating leaders with the competence and character for today’s changing world. Currently, as cofounder at Ignite, Rich has created a cutting edge peer learning community with weekly leadership training experiences and a dynamic network of members and coaches. At Ignite, Rich oversees the leadership curriculum and instructional design, training and facilitation and cultivation of coaching talent. Prior to Ignite, Rich co-founded Spark Ventures, an international development organization providing strategy and financial capital to social impact partners in Africa and Latin America. As CEO at Spark Ventures, Rich managed global partnerships, corporate and individual fundraising and developed an impact travel program that has seen more than 500 participants in the last decade.


Doing Good is Everybody’s Business - Social Enterprise in the 21st Century


As she left corporate America and the world of accounting to become the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, people told Dorri McWhorter, CPA, that “… now she could go do good.”  But Dorri holds a strong belief that non-profits aren’t the only ones doing good. Corporations today understand the need and the value of creating environments where employees and communities thrive. Dorri will share her successes in transforming a 140-year-old social services agency into an innovative social enterprise that serves tens of thousands of women and families annually. This transformation includes reimagining all aspects of the HR function.  She will also talk about how for-profit organizations have moved beyond “charity plus volunteerism” to create meaningful corporate social responsibility strategies that produce significant results.  This “fireside chat” with Dorri will be moderated by Chris Noone, SPHR, PCC, CTC, SHRM-SCP, Chief Talent Officer at Thresholds.


Key Takeaways:

  • Generate value creation opportunities by changing to a social enterprise mindset
  • Learn key strategies for becoming a social enterprise
  • Recognize HR’s critical role in energizing employees and creating a better human experience

Chris Noone, SPHR, RCC, CTC serves as the Chief Talent Officer of Thresholds, which is a leader in the mental health industry, with 1,400 employees. Thresholds provides services for more than 17,000 people in Illinois. Thresholds has been recognized for five consecutive years as a Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplace and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. During Chris’ tenure at Thresholds, she has overseen explosive growth and a culture shift that embraces change, agility, and employee engagement. Chris’ passion is to help individuals and organizations succeed in achieving their goals. Chris partners closely with the entire executive team to assess, enhance, and steer Thresholds’ culture, as well as designs and implements strategies to enhance the organization’s talent.  Chris also provides strategic and operational leadership for all human resources functions. 


Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age and has led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of (e-commerce platform), (health insurance and information) and the MPWR, pronounced “empower”, mobile app (community engagement).  Dorri leverages her large-scale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.






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