Virtual HR Team Up - COVID-19: Workplace Tech Tools
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When: Thursday, May 14, 2020
3:30 PM
Where: United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

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Virtual HR Team Up - COVID-19: Workplace Tech Tools 

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Chicago SHRM Members Free | Non-Members $40 


Our knowledge of COVID-19 is minimal. Some experts are saying we’ll be dealing with Coronavirus until July or August. Others report a full year. In the age of the unknown it’s imperative we have a plan for any scenario. Technology allows us to get as close to “business as usual” as possible, even when we are physically distant.  

Attendees will hear from SHRM’s ParagonLabs about workforce trends and changes. Then, we’ll hear from entrepreneurs working around the clock to provide holistic solutions to our workplaces and workforce. Technology pending, attendees will get to network with one another and engage with the entrepreneurs directly.  

This is the first WorkTech event, hosted in collaboration with ParagonLabs, powered by SHRM.  
Attendees will walk away with:

  • Insights on the “state of the workplace”, including *NEW* SHRM research
  • Firsthand insights from entrepreneurs powering workplace solutions to COVID-19
  • Best practices shared by colleagues through virtual networking opportunities

Attendees will hear from four entrepreneurs presenting strategic workforce solutions amid COVID-19.  

Entrepreneur Panel Discussion

Hear from four entrepreneurs about how they are adapting to meet the unique needs of the workforce. You’ll hear how:

  • Skyhive is using its quantum labor analysis to match skilled labor with our world’s greatest needs.  
  • ChartHop equips organizations with the tools it needs to plan their workforce, despite interruptions in revenue. No more spreadsheets—just the click of a button will reveal different scenarios!  
  • Drafted has created a community-based “next step” for talent that has been laid off due to COVID-19 complications.  
  • The Mom Project is supporting working parents who now need to assume “teacher” and “parent” roles, while trying to be productive.

Erica Young, Innovation Catalyst - ParagonLabs

Like many millennials, Erica entered the workforce when there were less jobs than there were graduates. Erica accepted the challenge and creatively carved a career that engaged her skill set. She worked in the nonprofit community, conducting training, and managing staff and projects. By the time she was 24, she was managing a team of three to organize 85+ events and over 2000 volunteers per year. After a while, she discovered her calling: crafting solutions to change. Erica is no stranger to change. She was raised in a small farming and agriculture town, but spent time studying in Philadelphia, New York City and North Carolina. After graduating from Elon University, she started her career in Washington, DC with two terms of AmeriCorps National Service. This experience led her to manage volunteer human capital, which inspired a career pivot. She then spent 2.5 years attending master’s courses, while working full-time. She spent the first half of graduate school, designing and organizing training for a mid-sized accounting firm. Now, Erica works at SHRM on the ParagonLabs team, elevating innovative technology solutions to workplaces.


Sean Hinton, Founder & CEO - SkyHive & Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurs Circle of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC)

With a career spanning two decades, Sean is an experienced corporate CEO and expert in labor economics and global business. As a result of the break-through knowledge SkyHive is gaining on labor markets and the changing nature of work, Sean has quickly become a thought leader on the future of work. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences across the world and interviewed by the Canadian Press, global consultancies, and other media. Prior to founding SkyHive, Sean was CEO of a $250 million global company with 500 employees and 23 global offices. He has lived and worked around the world, having lived on four continents and done business in more than 70 countries.


Vinayak, Founder & CEO - Drafted (the network recruiting platform)


After building KAYAK as the Director of Engineering until the IPO in 2014, Vinayak started Drafted to empower every company with network recruiting best practices. When COVID-19 hit, his team repurposed their technology to build the Drafted Layoff Network to connect thousands of displaced people to the companies that are still hiring, which has grown to over 500 companies in the 4 weeks since it launched.



Ian, Founder & CEO/CTO - ChartHop


Previously, he was the Founder and CTO of Sailthru, the marketing cloud delivering billions of personalized newsletter emails per month for top publishers and e-commerce brands. Before that, Ian was the first head of engineering at Business Insider and built the publishing platform that powers today’s highest-trafficked business website. Through this, Ian felt the pains of planning and building a team -- and wanted to build something better than the spreadsheets and legacy HR systems he'd been struggling with. ChartHop was born to help organizations better plan with alignment and transparency.



Dr. Pamela Cohen, President - WerkLabs

Pam Cohen is a behavioral research scientist with expertise in predictive analytics. She combines qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to create measurement systems and analyze data on workplace sentiment and engagement, family friendly policies, corporate reputation, and social responsibility, linking those and other relevant intangibles to key performance outcomes. Her teaching and research is focused on applications of behavioral economics and social psychology.