Executive Insights | Employee Engagement - Crucial Insights for Organizational Success
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Executive Insights | Employee Engagement - Crucial Insights for Organizational Success

The Chicago SHRM Executive Insights Series is designed to bring you solutions and strategies around the crucial challenges that confront today’s HR professionals and business executives. During this hard-hitting quarterly series, you will hear about key business trends, innovative concepts, thought leadership, and cutting-edge technology from the perspective of an executive.

When: 11/16/2017
3:15 - 3:30 pm - Registration | 3:30 to 5:00 pm - Panel | 5:00 to 6:30 pm - Networking
Where: Neal Gerber Eisenberg
2 North LaSalle Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Chicago SHRM Headquarters
(312) 368-0188

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Employee Engagement - Crucial Insights for Organizational Success

Chicago SHRM Members $30 | Non-Members $60

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New thinking, HR credits and practical ideas for driving up engagement in your organizations are just some of the reasons to attend. We all know that competition for retaining talent can be fierce and an annual engagement surveys may no longer be enough to keep employees engaged in today’s diverse workplace. So, what does “employee engagement” mean to your organization? How often does your organization look at it?  What are the ways your organization can improve employee engagement? 

Additionally, participants leave this session with the ability to:

  • Create an employee engagement strategy that fits your diverse culture
  • Help employees feel empowered in their roles
  • Understand the tools that can promote employee engagement
  • Make a significant contribution in their organizations


Suz O'Donnell, President - Thrivatize LLC
Suz helps companies achieve, sustain and outperform their desired goals.  She works primarily with executives pressured with the need to implement successful change and growth initiatives.  Suz helps them excite and engage both employees and customers so their initiative is a roaring success. Suz’s business advice is featured by Forbes monthly and she’s also been quoted by, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Harvard Business Review, and many more. Suz leads workshops called Stop Speaking HR. Start Speaking Business Results, which help HR teams get more time, budget, and respect from functional business line leaders. Suz balances twenty years of management consulting expertise with positive energy to help her clients attain their business growth objectives with ease.  She has worked with organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500s across all industries including Accenture, EY, Cisco, Eli Lilly, Baxter, Walmart, Time Warner, Sprint, Kimberly-Clark, Vail Resorts, Genentech-Roche, UC Medicine, Google, Vail Resorts, Nabisco-Mondelez, Capgemini, Gallup, Grant Thornton, Telefonica, Publicis, and Digitas. 


Amy Dordek Dolinsky, Managing Director Business Development & Co-Founder - GrowthPlay
Amy Dordek Dolinsky has been actively involved in the Chicago business community for over 25 years and is a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in 4 previous start ups in leadership roles and has experience working with private equity backed firms. She joined GrowthPlay at its inception and prior to funding by Driehaus Private Equity. Known as a trusted advisor and for helping clients achieve their critical business objectives, Amy has worked with major, global corporations across multiple industries. Having served as both a sales person and a leader in a variety of professional service firms, Amy drives growth, sales effectiveness, social media, leadership development, and entrepreneurship. She also currently serves on the advisory board of a social media startup. Philanthropy is important to Amy. She is currently serving on the board of the International Women’s Forum Chicago and served two terms as Board President of Meals on Wheels Chicago. She has also been involved with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on the board of Jewish Vocational Services/Jewish Children & Family Services, as well as Reading is Fundamental. Amy is passionate about developing and mentoring future women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Amy started a formal mentoring program with another Chicago female co-founder to develop a dozen early stage female startup founders.  Amy is a lifelong Chicagoan and has been involved in many civic activities and organizations. Currently, she is most proud of helping to make The 606, a reality. The 606, or Bloomingdale Trail as it is also called, is a 2.7-mile former railway converted by the city of Chicago and The Trust for Public land into a greenway and public park. Along with her husband - ABC 7 Chicago’s Food Reporter Steve Dolinsky - she enjoys culinary travel around the world with her two teenage children, Madeline and Max.

Jill Harmon, Foundation Director - BlueScope Foundation
Jill Harmon is a People Professional with 15+ years of human resources experience and nearly two decades of experience in corporate philanthropy leadership, employee engagement, internal communications, and adult/youth instruction. She currently serves as the Director of the BlueScope Foundation, overseeing the annual distribution of $450,000 in funding to non-profit agencies across the United States. She also provides Organizational Development, Coaching, and Communications expertise to BlueScope Buildings North America. She is also a founding member of the BlueScope Buildings Diversity Council, is a Council member of the BlueScope Community Relations Committee, prior research committee member and speaker at the Women’s Foundation of GKC, and has served on the Board of Directors at ArtsTech. Jill holds a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Central Missouri and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Park University. She is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), a certified Myers-Briggs facilitator and MHS EQ-i Emotional Intelligence practitioner, Lominger 360 coach, and Gallup trained Strengths Finder coach. She is also the recipient of the Kansas City InRoads Business Coordinator of the Year award for excellence with intern engagement. Being especially adept at bringing diverse groups together towards a common purpose, she strives to connect others to the larger vision of the organization, while being a representative of company culture. She synergizes the different skills she brings to organizations, incorporating diversity and community awareness into leadership training sessions, promoting stories of corporate giving and employee volunteerism to increase engagement. Jill continually seeks out community experiences to give back to the community. She has served as a youth mentor, life skills workshop facilitator, literacy volunteer for children, volunteers at local food distribution programs, and provides art therapy workshops for children. Jill has also volunteered for over 15 years at Alphapointe Association for the Blind, teaching art programs for adults and children.

Karishma Patel Buford, Global Head of Talent Development & Diversity - Groupon
Karishma Patel Buford is the Global Head of Talent Development & Diversity for Groupon. In this role, she is responsible for leadership and high potential development, talent and succession planning, performance management, and inclusion & diversity. Her team’s vision is to create an inclusive culture that enables people to excel and feel proud to stay at Groupon. Prior to joining Groupon in January 2016, Karishma was Head of Talent Management for BAE Systems Inc. – a global defense firm with 35,000 employees. From 2007 to 2011, she was a Senior Consultant with PDI Ninth House, a leadership solutions consulting firm. And prior to 2007, she worked extensively with physician and academic faculty leaders in healthcare and educational settings as an executive coach. Karishma received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and mini-MBA certification from St. Thomas University, Opus College of Business, in Minnesota.

Nikki Massey, Director, Talent Management, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Nikki Massey is the Director of Talent Management for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  A 22-year member of the Hyatt family, Nikki is responsible for global learning, culture & engagement along with change management. She began her career at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Massachusetts, where her first job was serving as a towel attendant in the hotel’s health club. She moved on to virtually every operational role within the hotel before pursuing a Human Resources track. Nikki worked in HR functions within hotels across North America for ten years before joining Hyatt’s corporate office in Chicago. Recently Nikki played critical roles in developing Hyatt’s design thinking approach and rolling out the company’s purpose journey, which is “to care for people to be their best.” Today she is leading efforts to evolve Hyatt’s culture as the hotel and travel industry overall operates within a dynamic environment.