Don't Quarantine Your Career - Virtual Fireside Chat Hosted by WGU
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When: Wednesday, May 27
12:00 - 12:30pm
Where: United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

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Don't Quarantine Your Career

Virtual Fireside Chat Hosted by



As unemployment rates continue to climb many professionals find themselves in transition and employers are faced with a very tough decision of letting qualified team members go. Are you one of the millions out of work or on the other side, having to lay off employees?  


Join this fireside chat conversation with Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Regional VP, Western Governors University and Samara Beachdell, HR Manager, Strategy for Filtration Group Corporation and Chicago SHRM Board of Directors, as Chair of Certification Committee, They will discuss different career tracks and how to take action into your own hands.


Moving forward is empowering; it acknowledges the lessons and experiences earned and the gift of time canoffer reflection, productivity and development in meeting your career goals.We will take questions and participants will receive links to articles, scholarships and other resources to assist.

About WGU: Western Governors University is a pioneer in online higher education for the 21st century. We provide over 60 competency-based programs letting you graduate faster while paying less.  It serves 121,000 students and more than 178,000 graduates across the U.S. in highly in-demand fields of information technology, healthcare, teaching and business.

About Filtration Group: Filtration Group, an affiliate of Madison Industries, is making the world safer, healthier, and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value. Filtration Group serves customers with offerings that span life sciences, industrial technologies, fluid, and indoor air quality applications. One of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, it serves customers from 114 facilities in over 30 countries.

Dr. Angie Besendorfer is the Regional Vice President of Western Governors University (WGU)an online, competency-based university. She champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Besendorfer leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGUs online competency-based model for increasing levels of higher education throughout Missouri.Besendorfer has spent over 25 years in the field of education, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGUBesendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools in Missouri, leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration. Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.


Samara Beachdell, SHRM-CP, PHR - Samara’s HR toolkit is filled with 20 years of experience across HR, Payroll and Benefits and she continues to add to it every day. Throughout her career, Samara has provided services through a consultative approach to a range of businesses, from small, entrepreneurships to large, multinational corporations. She is recognized for building and maintaining a trusted advisor role to provide exceptional client services. Samara is adept at assessing needs, generating options and implementing solutions in collaboration with clients. A strong foundation of functional understanding of Payroll and Employee Benefits is the cornerstone of her HR practice. Samara’s broad-based knowledge makes her a “go-to” for contacts on any number of HR concerns including change management, management coaching, compliance, diversity and inclusion concerns and more. In addition to her current role as HR Manager, Strategy for Filtration Group Corporation, Samara serves as a volunteer member for the Chicago SHRM Board of Directors as Chair, Certification Committee. She is committed to elevating others in the Chicago area on their own journeys as HR Professionals. She believes in the power and benefit of sharing knowledge and as such, is an avid coach and mentor to individuals seeking guidance and reflection.